Date of Construction: 1896

Architectural Classification: Two Part Commercial Block

Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville


  • 508 N. Milwaukee Avenue Libertyville IL 60048
    42.287992, -87.954192
  • Building Details

    Building name: Eger, H. B. Building

    Ground Floor Use: Commercial

    Upper Floor Use: Unknown

    Current Occupant: Townee Square (1986)

    Zoning: C-1

    Number of Stories: 2

    Property Index Number: 2

  • 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: Rehabilitated/Restored

    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: Queen Anne - Free Classic

    Other Year: 1963; 1994

    Date source: Illinois Digital Archives; 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: 1/1; 1-light

    Alterations: Building was extensively altered in 1963, with a completely new storefront and an aluminum slipcover over the 2nd floor; the cornice was also removed at that time. Building facade was rehabilitated in 1993--slipcover removed, cornice re-built, brick restored; replacement windows are in original openings; based on historic photographs, the lintels were also added at this time, and were not original to the building; storefront rebuilt (non-historic configuration)

  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year: Building was extensively altered in 1963, with a completely new storefront and an aluminum slipcover over the 2nd floor; the cornice was also removed at that time. Building facade was rehabilitated in 1993--slipcover removed, cornice re-built, brick restored; replacement windows are in original openings; based on historic photographs, the lintels were also added at this time, and were not original to the building; storefront rebuilt (non-historic configuration)

    Building Moved?: Building was extensively altered in 1963, with a completely new storefront and an aluminum slipcover over the 2nd floor; the cornice was also removed at that time. Building facade was rehabilitated in 1993--slipcover removed, cornice re-built, brick restored; replacement windows are in original openings; based on historic photographs, the lintels were also added at this time, and were not original to the building; storefront rebuilt (non-historic configuration)

    Moved From: Building was extensively altered in 1963, with a completely new storefront and an aluminum slipcover over the 2nd floor; the cornice was also removed at that time. Building facade was rehabilitated in 1993--slipcover removed, cornice re-built, brick restored; replacement windows are in original openings; based on historic photographs, the lintels were also added at this time, and were not original to the building; storefront rebuilt (non-historic configuration)

    Original Owner: Eger, H. B.

    Original Architect: Eger, H. B.

    Architect Source: Eger, H. B.

    Builder: Eger, H. B.

    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: 3375 (10.15.1963)--interior and exterior work ($21,400); 94-301 (5/3/1994)--remove metal slipcover and restore facade (add new cornice, second floor windows, storefront, signage)

    Other Permit Information: 3375 (10.15.1963)--interior and exterior work ($21,400); 94-301 (5/3/1994)--remove metal slipcover and restore facade (add new cornice, second floor windows, storefront, signage)

    COA Info: 3375 (10.15.1963)--interior and exterior work ($21,400); 94-301 (5/3/1994)--remove metal slipcover and restore facade (add new cornice, second floor windows, storefront, signage)

    Historic Info: From Illinois Digital Archives (info from Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--"In 1896 H. B. Eger built his hardware store just to the north of Schanck's Hardware Company. Eger sold the business to Ernie Griffis in 1935. Griffis was allied with a company named Ace Hardware and put up the sign shown in this photograph. In 1952, Griffis sold to Paul Hesse. Hesse bought Schanck Hardware in 1963 and combined the two stores as Ace Hardware. In 1965 Hesse moved the business north to Peterson Road and opened there on April 1, 1966.

    Other Sources: Historic photographs of building from the 1950s and 1970s on Illinois Digital Archives (from collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library) http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/1950/rec/2 (before slipcover) http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/6648/rec/1 (1970s)

    Historic Info Compiler: LR

    Volunteer: LR

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