Lockport Historic District, Bounded by Eighth, Hamilton & Eleventh Streets & I, Lockport, Will County, IL
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Hamilton & Eleventh Streets & I, Lockport, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-16
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Significance: The Village of Lockport was first established in 1836 by the surveyors of the Illinois and Michigan Canal to serve as field headquarters and as a supply point. As the 19th century progressed, Lockport became a major commercial and grain milling center. For many years the canal was the major transportation route to Chicago from the south, but its importance declined after construction of the railroads. Many of the buildings in the historic district were re-constructed following a major fire in 1895. The district retains a high proportion of late 19th century structures, which have not been substantially altered since their construction.
Daggett, Dr. J. F.
Boyer, C. E.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Greek Revival farmhouse, ca. 1860
2. Limestone Greek Revival farmhouse, ca. 1855.
3. Cerlo complex with train station in background
4. View to the northeast from the south side of 9th Street. Both structures date from 1895.
5. West side of State Steeet looking down 9th Steeet. Immediatly to the west lie the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and the Des Plaines River.
6. View to the west from Hamilton Street down 9th Street, showing the business district.
7. Commercial structures located on 9th Street. Constructed in 1895, these structures were originally used as a mortuary and a furniture store.
8. View southwards along the east side of the 900 block of State Street The bank building on the left dates from 1917, all others, except the Miller Hardware building (ca. 1872), from 1895.
9. East side of the 900 block of State Street. All buildings shown date from 1895, when the street was rebuilt following a major fire.
10. East side of the 900 block of State Street. All the structures shown date from after the 1895 fire.
11. East side of the 900 block of State Street.
12. The Miller Hardware building, located on the corner of 10th and State Streets, dates from ca. 1872, and was originally built as the office and canal store of Norton & Co.
13. Corner of Tenth and State Streets looking to the east up State Street.
14. Rear of the commercial buildings on the east side of State Street between 9th and 10th Streets.
15. City parking lot, and rear of the commercial buildings on the east side of State Street.
16. West side of the 900 block of State Street. The three story building was constructed by Dr. Bacon in 1872 and used as a pharamcy and medical office.
17. Rear of the buildings on the west side of the 900 block of State Street.
18. Ninth Street looking west towards the Des Plaines River highway bridge.
19. Illinois Central Railroad (formerly the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad) crossing at 9th and Commerce Streets.
20. Looking eastwards over the highway bridge spanning the I&M Canal.
21. Corner of 10th and State Streets, looking southeast.
22. East side of the 1000 block of State Street
23. East side of the 1000 block of State Street. The large limestone building was built ca. 1882, and originally used as a dry goods store and opera house. In the 1950s ,the ornate cornice and lintels were removed. The small structure to the right was built in the Richardsonian-Romanesque style in 1895.
24. West side of the 1000 block of State Street. Theater facade at left dates from the mid 1930s, though the original structure dates from ca. 1895.
25. Corner of State and 10th Streets looking west. The original Norton & Co. warehouse (ca. 1855) is visable in the background.
26. The Adelman Block, located of the corner of 12th and State Streets. Built of indiginous limestone, it was constructed in two phases; in 1891, and in 1894.
27. North wall of the Adelman Block, facing onto 12th Steet.
28. Rear lot of the Adelman Block. The collapsed truss roof (ca. 1932) originally sheltered an automobile sales garage
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