Peoria State Hospital’s Other Demolished Building

[] Yesterday, we reported that Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois is slated for demolition this year. Loss of this historic (and allegedly haunted) building will be a blow to the community, but it is not the first former Peoria State Hospital building to meet the wrecking ball.

In 2007, the Village of Bartonville demolished a neighboring building, the former laundry and bakery. Built in 1899, it sat across Constitution Drive just north of the Bowen Building. Its description in the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form is as follows:

“This 1-story brick structure of 1899 rests on a stone base and is capped by a broad hipped roof and had a two-tiered rectangular cupola at the southeast corner. The east elevation is 13 bays wide with a large round-arched window in the south bay and a center entrance with large round-arched transom. Other openings feature stone lintels and sills.”

Luckily, just prior to its demolition, I took several photographs of the building. I only released a handful of them before today. In light of the Bowen Building’s pending demolition, I wanted to share these with our readers in order to help preserve this piece of the past.

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  1. Beautiful pictures, Michael! Thanks so much for sharing these. Unfortunately, these are not the only buildings that have been lost to time. The Peoria State Hospital had 63 buildings at its height. Now, only 13 of those buildings are left. I hope it doesn’t go down to twelve.


  2. Therese G says:

    I grew up in the Peoria area. The lack of regard for historic structures has always appalled me. I now live in the South, where there is more of a tendency to restore and re-purpose older buildings (particularly those of historic interest), rather than just tear them down. Newer is not necessarily better!


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