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Saving Bingham House

The great Prairie architect George Maher's Bingham House, in Highland Park, Illinois, will likely not be standing this time next month if its new owners get their way. They originally applied for a demolition permit back in January 2006; their application was stayed by the local Preservation Commission via a six-month reprieve, which expires in a little over a week.

The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI) has prepared a PDF on the structure itself.

Can anyone in Highland Park update us on the status of this property or the Preservation Committee's action? Thanks to reader James Shewmaker for letting us know about the impending destruction of one of the area's most striking and historicall important buildings!