543-545 N. Milwaukee Avenue


Libertyville, IL 60048
Date of Construction: 1900 (c)
Architectural Classification: Two Part Commercial Block
Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville

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)

Within Local District?
No

Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?
C

Local Landmark?
No

Year


Local Landmark Eligible?
No

Criteria


NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib
C

Within District?
No

NR Landmark?
No

Year


NR Eligible?
No

Criteria


Alternate Address?


Category
Building

Condition
Good

Integrity
Minor alterations

Current Use
Commerce/Trade

Historic Use
Commerce/Trade

Secondary Structure


NR Second


Architectural Classification
Two Part Commercial Block

Details


Other Year
1995

Date source
Surveyor/Sanborn Maps/permits

Wall Material (Current)
Brick

Wall Material 2 (Current)


Plan
Rectangular

No of Stories
2

Roof Type
Flat

Roof Material
Not Visible

Foundation
Not visible

Porch


Window Material
Aluminum/vinyl

Window Material 2


Window Type
Double hung & storefront

Window Configuration
1/1; 1-light

Significance


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)

Old Address (city dir.year


Building Moved?


Moved From


Original Owner


Original Architect


Architect Source


Builder


Surveyor
LR

Surveyor Organization
Ramsey Historic Consultants

Survey Date
May-June 2016

Survey Area
Downtown Libertyville

Old Address


Date of Construction


Moving Permit #


Date Moved


Building Permit #


Date


Building Permit Description


Cost


Original Owner Occupied?


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


COA Info


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