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Robertson Memorial Field House

The Robertson Memorial Field House, formerly located on Main Street, was originally named...

The Madison Theater

The Madison Theater, the idea of local showman Dee Robinson, was the last...

Knox College

On February 15, 1837, the Illinois Legislature chartered Knox Manual Labor College in...

Metamora Courthouse

The Metamora Courthouse is one of only two remaining courthouses from the Eighth...

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Agatucci's

Agatucci's

    Situated on the West side of University Street, between Forrest Hill and McClure, is a simple brick and tan building, adorned only with the name Agatucci's and the glow of...

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Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre

  When the Apollo Theatre opened for business on Monday, May 11, 1914, it became the first Peoria theater exclusively used for showing motion pictures. The 800-seat theater was constructed on...

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Boland Mortuary

Boland Mortuary

    In 1937, the Peoria City Directory called the Boland Mortuary, "Peoria's largest and most exclusive funeral home." The mortuary, which was started in 1876 by Daniel Boland, was located during...

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Carver Center

Carver Center

  In the early 1920s, the Colored Women's Aid Club, a group of outstanding and progressive women, desired a place for organized recreational facilities for minorities in Peoria. They realized that...

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Cornerstone Building

Cornerstone Building

    The Cornerstone Building at the corner of Jackson and Madison was originally constructed in 1899 as the Second Presbyterian Church. The original cost was ,000, and the Chicago architect W....

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Easton House

Easton House

Easton House was originally home to Edward and Sarah Easton. Edward was born in 1842, the son of a grain merchant and grandson of a Scottish immigrant. At 13, he...

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G.A.R. Hall

G.A.R. Hall

 Bryer Post 67 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was organized in October 1879. In 1909, this group of Civil War Veterans moved into their new meeting quarters...

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Greenhut Mansion

Greenhut Mansion

In 1884, Joseph Benedict Greenhut built a 35-room mansion at 143 High St. for ,000. At the time, he was Peoria's most well known citizen, and he owned the great...

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Janssen Building

Janssen Building

The corner of Main and Jefferson in downtown Peoria has a history that calls back to a time when French land claims were still being settled in the courts. In...

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John C. Flanagan House

John C. Flanagan House

    The oldest existing house in the city of Peoria is located at 611 SW Washington. Built by Philadelphia attorney John C. Flanagan around 1840, at what was then 912 Bluff...

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John C. Proctor Recreation Center

John C. Proctor Recreation Center

John C. Proctor, a Peoria businessman and philanthropist, left funds to build a recreation center upon his death on June 22, 1907. His trustees, who were several prominent businessmen, used...

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Northern Regional Research Lab

Northern Regional Research Lab

    The Northern Regional Research Lab (now the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research) opened on December 16, 1940. The NCAUR has one of the largest culture collections in the U.S....

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OSF St. Francis

OSF St. Francis

In the late 1800's, Reverend Bernard Baak of St. Joseph's Church needed help with establishing a much needed hospital in Peoria. He turned to a group of Sisters who had...

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Peoria Cordage Company

Peoria Cordage Company

Edward Heidrich established the Peoria Cordage Company in 1888 when he moved his rope and twine business from Ohio. The business employed 225 people and produced 700 tons of twine...

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Pettengill-Morron House

Pettengill-Morron House

Moses Pettengill came to Peoria in 1833 and became Peoria's first hardware merchant. The 11-room house was built in what was then considered the country. Pettengill lived in the Second...

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Robertson Memorial Field House

Robertson Memorial Field House

The Robertson Memorial Field House, formerly located on Main Street, was originally named in honor of the former Bradley athletic director and basketball coach, A.J. Robertson. Shortly after World War...

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Rock Island Depot and Freight Station

Rock Island Depot and Freight Station

Peoria's first train entered town in November 1854, and for many years, Peoria was the fourth largest regional hub in the U.S. railway system. At its largest, Peoria served 15...

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Spalding Institute

Spalding Institute

    Archbishop J.L. Spalding established Spalding Institute for Peoria, Illinois. He arrived here in 1877 and was considered a huge contributor to the establishment of this parish high school. Always a...

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The Madison Theater

The Madison Theater

The Madison Theater, the idea of local showman Dee Robinson, was the last of Peoria's "picture palaces" in the downtown area. The theatre opened at the corner of Main Street...

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Vonachen's Old Place

Vonachen's Old Place

Reminiscent of a nineteenth century small town railroad depot, Vonachen's Old Place drew the attention of visitors and restaurant connoisseurs from around the world for decades. During a review of the...

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