117-125 E. Church Street


Libertyville, IL 60048
Date of Construction: 1943
Architectural Classification: Midcentury Modern
Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville

Building name
Illinois Bell Telephone Company Building

Ground Floor Use
Commercial

Upper Floor Use
Commercial

Current Occupant
Ameritech

Zoning
C-1

Number of Stories
2

Property Index Number
1116414003; 1116414014; 1116414015; 1116414017

Within Local District?
No

Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?
C

Local Landmark?
No

Year


Local Landmark Eligible?
Yes

Criteria
H

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 and additions

Current Use
Commerce/Trade

Historic Use
Commerce/Trade

Secondary Structure


NR Second


Architectural Classification
Midcentury Modern

Details


Other Year
1956, 1968

Date source
Illinois Digital Archives/Permits

Wall Material (Current)
Brick

Wall Material 2 (Current)


Plan
Rectangular

No of Stories
2

Roof Type
Flat

Roof Material
Not Visible

Foundation
Concrete

Porch


Window Material
Metal

Window Material 2
Aluminum/vinyl

Window Type
Casement

Window Configuration
1-light

Significance
Building may be eligible for local landmark designation for its associations with the history and development of communications in the Village of Libertyville. The building replaced an earlier office erected at the same location in 1923.

Historic Features
Red brick exterior; ribbon windows connected with horizontal concrete surrounds; main entrance at ground level set within a slightly projecting overhang capped with concrete, with a row of casement windows stretching beside the doorway within a concrete-clad wall.

Alterations
Two story rear additions (1956 and 1968); front window east of entry bricked in

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
1445 (5/16/1956)--2nd story addition; JCR-11-0034 (2011)--replace door and walk; 4478 (3/25/1968)--2-story masonry addition

Other Permit Information


COA Info


Historic Info
Historic photograph and information on building at Illinois Digital Archives (in collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library):

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/2106/rec/9

"On November 30, 1943, ground was broken for the Illinois Bell Building pictured here at 117 East Church Street. Completion of this office building the following year allowed for expanded and modernized services, including conversion to dial service by the end of the decade. Growth continued in the 1950s, necessitating an addition to the original building in 1956. That year there were 164 Illinois Bell Employees working in Libertyville. Historical Note: Telephone service first came to Libertyville in 1897, when F. B. Lovell and Fletcher Clark formed the Lake County Telephone Company. Lovell used the back room of his drug store as the central office, where there was one operator."

Other Sources
Sanborn Maps: 1948 (Sheet 5)

Historic Info Compiler
LR

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