Fund to Save Historic Homes from Demolition
The Belleville Historical Society is attempting to raise a fund of $100,000 to renovate a historic house at 100 North 11th Street in old West Belleville. Upon completion, the house would be sold and the money would be put back into a fund to do the same with another historic house at risk of being demolished…and so on.
We have until March 27th to determine if sufficient funds can be raised to save this house.
A potential catalyst for old West Belleville
Meat market owner Julius Heinemann built the house at 100 North 11th Street in 1901 as an attachment to his place of business. In addition to its historical significance, the house’s location in old West Belleville lends it the potential to participate in the revitalization of this historic neighborhood.
This unique structure is currently being cited by the City of Belleville for potential demolition. It has been offered to the Historical Society as a donation if we renovate it. If we decline, the house and adjacent storefront will be demolished.
We have until March 27th to accept or reject the house. How much money we are able to raise by that date will be a determining factor in our decision.
Our appeal is to anyone with a sense of saving this house and, when complete, other historic homes that are also worth saving.
The Belleville Historical Society has already saved two houses in Belleville, the most recent of which is in the Old Belleville Historic District at 804 East Washington Street. This house, once slated for demolition by the City of Belleville, is now owner occupied and on the tax rolls. Had it been demolished as scheduled, it would now be a vacant lot owned by the city, incurring maintenance costs and producing no tax revenue. (Learn more about this successful project in the Belleville News-Democrat.)
Please help us save a part of Belleville’s history and help stabilize a neighborhood
Tax-free donations in the amounts of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $5000, or more can be made via Paypal or sent to the address below.
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Post Office Box 23682
Belleville, IL 62223
Upon request, we will send you our 501(c)3 information for tax deduction purposes.
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