White Hall, one of the largest buildings at Chanute, was built in the 1940s and served as on base housing, offices, a post office, and mess hall. Demolition on the venerable building began in October 2015 and has proceeded in stages. White Hall has unfortunately joined the growing list of Illinois landmarks torn down over the past 10 years.
Chanute Air Force Base opened in Rantoul in July 1917 and was a vital part of the local economy for nearly 76 years. After its closure in 1993, much of the base was divided up into residential and commercial properties, but most of the core buildings remain abandoned.
White Hall is noted for one tragic and unusual incident. On September 13, 2001, at 10pm, a police K-9 unit responded to a trespassing call at White Hall. Dutch, an experienced canine with 957 drug arrests under his collar, pursued something up to the roof, where he suddenly and unexpectedly leapt 15 feet off the building and fell to his death.
You can see demolition progress in the following photos:
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