[Mysteriousheartland.com] 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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