Build Your Own Historic Community
HO-Scale Historic Building Models From Main Street Communities Now
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[February 15, 2008]
If you let them build it, they will come -- to the online site of
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Main Street Design Services.
Internet users can now construct HO-scale replicas of historic
Illinois buildings as a new feature at
This new section features 10
full-color buildings that can be downloaded from the Web, printed at
home on card stock and assembled into three-dimensional scale models
of the real thing. Plans call for more buildings to be added in the
The Web feature is designed to promote the value of historic
buildings and historic downtown communities to children of all ages.
The buildings were selected as a good cross section of the wide
variety of resources found in historic downtowns across the state.
The models have already been downloaded and assembled from as far
as Germany and Scotland.
Buildings featured by "Build Your
Own Illinois Main Street":
Sixth and Adams, Springfield (Abraham Lincoln's law office
Building, 101 South Spring St., Elgin
The Frank Lloyd
Wright-designed First National Bank, Dwight
Grojean Building, 360
West State St., Jacksonville
Hall's Shoe Store,
Jensen's Drug Store,
The historic bank
building at 78 E. Williams, Crystal Lake
The Gardner Museum,
332 Main St., Quincy
Stein Building, Blue
DeKalb Clothiers, DeKalb
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After being printed on card stock, the color models may be
assembled by following the simple instructions on each sheet. A pair
of scissors and a little bit of glue are all that is needed to
assemble the realistic-looking structures. A brief history of each
building is included on each sheet.
In the "Color Your Own Main Street" section, scale drawings of
three other historic buildings may be printed and colored by
children of all ages. The Harpole Building in Quincy, Alton Tire
Sales Co. Building in Alton and the Village Clerk Building in
Cambridge are the historic structures available for coloring.
The Build Your Own Main Street program is an educational
initiative of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's Illinois
Main Street Design Services. Illinois Main Street is a
preservation-based economic development program for downtowns,
administered in Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn's office, with architectural
design services from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Designated Main Street communities receive free design assistance
and advice to revitalize their historic downtown areas. There are
currently 69 active Illinois Main Street communities.
(Main Street Lincoln)
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release received from
Illinois Office of
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