Date of Construction: 1900 (c)

Architectural Classification: Two Part Commercial Block

Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville


  • 543-545 N. Milwaukee Avenue Libertyville IL 60048
    42.288753, -87.954799
  • Building Details

    Building name:

    Ground Floor Use: Commercial

    Upper Floor Use: Unknown

    Current Occupant: Curtis Frame (rear, 543), 545 North Bar & Grill (545)

    Zoning: C-1

    Number of Stories: 2

    Property Index Number: 1116305009 (543), 1116305008 (545)

  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?: C

    Local Landmark?: No

    Year: No

    Local Landmark Eligible?: No

    Criteria: No

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib: C

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: No

    Year: No

    NR Eligible?: No

    Criteria: No

    Alternate Address?: No

  • General Information

    Category: Building

    Condition: Good

    Integrity: Minor alterations

    Current Use: Commerce/Trade

    Historic Use: Commerce/Trade

    Secondary Structure: Commerce/Trade

    NR Second: Commerce/Trade

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Two Part Commercial Block

    Details: Two Part Commercial Block

    Other Year: 1995

    Date source: Surveyor/Sanborn Maps/permits

    Wall Material (Current): Brick

    Wall Material 2 (Current): Brick

    Plan: Rectangular

    No of Stories: 2

    Roof Type: Flat

    Roof Material: Not Visible

    Foundation: Not visible

    Porch: Not visible

    Window Material: Aluminum/vinyl

    Window Material 2: Aluminum/vinyl

    Window Type: Double hung & storefront

    Window Configuration: 1/1; 1-light

    Significance: 1/1; 1-light

    Historic Features: Recessed 2nd story window openings within brick surrounds; stone 2nd story window lintels; frieze or original storefront metal cornice intact

    Alterations: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Building Moved?: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Moved From: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Original Owner: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Original Architect: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Architect Source: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Builder: Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)

    Surveyor: LR

    Surveyor Organization: Ramsey Historic Consultants

    Survey Date: May-June 2016

    Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Old Address: Downtown Libertyville

    Date of Construction: Downtown Libertyville

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #: Downtown Libertyville

    Date Moved: Downtown Libertyville

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #: Downtown Libertyville

    Date: Downtown Libertyville

    Building Permit Description: Downtown Libertyville

    Cost: Downtown Libertyville

    Original Owner Occupied?: Downtown Libertyville

    Exterior Alteration Permits: Appearance Review Commission Minutes (9/27/1995)--design of rear storefront for 543 N. Milwaukee; 95-978 (10/16/1995)--demo for rear portion of building

    Other Permit Information: Appearance Review Commission Minutes (9/27/1995)--design of rear storefront for 543 N. Milwaukee; 95-978 (10/16/1995)--demo for rear portion of building

    COA Info: Appearance Review Commission Minutes (9/27/1995)--design of rear storefront for 543 N. Milwaukee; 95-978 (10/16/1995)--demo for rear portion of building

    Historic Info: Information on Lester's Tavern on Illinois Digital Archives (provided by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--"The tavern pictured here at 545 N. Milwaukee Avenue was owned by John W. Lester, a respected member of the community who was also an early member of Libertyville's Volunteer Fire Department. His son-in-law Frank Walkington assisted him at the tavern and took it over upon Lester's death in 1941. John Lester had previously owned a variety store on Milwaukee Avenue. Lester was known as a big man with a big heart, generous to the children who came into his store. Next door to Lester's Tavern, Reinbach's Bakery and Delicatessen was located at 547 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their advertising claimed that they gave "special attention to wedding and party orders."

    Other Sources: Historic photograph of building from the 1950s on Illinois Digital Archives (in collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)-- http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/1271/rec/3 1970s Assessor's Photo on Illinois Digital Archives (provided by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook-Memorial Public Library)-- http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/6678/rec/219 Sanborn Maps--1897 (Sheet 1), 1907 (Sheet 2), 1912 (Sheet 2), 1924 (Sheet 2), 1933 (Sheet 2), 1948 (Sheet 2)

    Historic Info Compiler: LR

    Volunteer: LR

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