536-542 N. Milwaukee Avenue


Libertyville, IL 60048
Date of Construction: 1912
Architectural Classification: Two Part Commercial Block
Survey Area: Downtown Libertyville

Building name
First National Bank

Ground Floor Use
Commercial

Upper Floor Use
Unknown

Current Occupant
Vacant/Spring Valley Trading Co. (536), Avenue 21 Dancewear (538), Dancenter North (540), Starbucks (542)

Zoning
C-1

Number of Stories
3

Property Index Number
1116405001 (536),

Within Local District?
No

Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?
C

Local Landmark?
No

Year


Local Landmark Eligible?
Potentially Eligible

Criteria
A, D

NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib
C

Within District?
No

NR Landmark?
No

Year


NR Eligible?
No

Criteria


Alternate Address?


Category
Building

Condition
Good

Integrity
Moderate alterations

Current Use
Commerce/Trade

Historic Use
Commerce/Trade

Secondary Structure


NR Second


Architectural Classification
Two Part Commercial Block

Details


Other Year


Date source
Sanborn Maps/Surveyor

Wall Material (Current)
Brick

Wall Material 2 (Current)


Plan
Rectangular

No of Stories
3

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
6/1; 1-light

Significance
Despite alterations, this brick commercial block with 1930s Art Deco/Art Moderne storefront may be eligible for local landmark designation.

Historic Features
Brick west and north facades; ornamental brick panels under metal cornice; continuous soldier course string course at 2nd-story window openings; stone storefront at northwest corner is historic alteration dating from c. 1930

Alterations
Original bank entrance with columns and oversized canopy removed; northwest corner storefront remodeled (c. 1930--historic alteration), with stone surround; storefronts at south side remodeled (1960s-70s), but later rehabilitated into historic configuration; round-arch 2nd story windows at east end of north facade bricked in--smaller 6/1 windows placed within opening; replacement windows on first story of north facade; replacement 2nd and 3rd story windows on both facades (historic configuration)

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
1048 (3/5/1955)--resurfacing front with enameled steel sections, recess front door of aluminum, alter display case; Appearance Review Commission minutes (7/21/2003)-- replacement upper windows in original openings; 94-508 (7/28/1994)--construct Starbucks coffee shop per Village plans (542)

Other Permit Information


COA Info


Historic Info
The First National Bank was the second bank in Libertyville, begun in January of 1903. In 1932, the bank merged with Lake County National Bank into the First Lake County National Bank. The upper floors of the building housed a theater, meeting rooms, and offices.

Other Sources
Illinois Digital Archives holds several historic photographs of the building soon after construction, as well as later photos from the 1950s and 1970s:

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/102/rec/3

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/103/rec/4

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/6264/rec/5

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/2107/rec/6

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/2034/rec/7

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cookmemo11/id/6265/rec/11

Sanborn Maps--1907 (Sheet 2), 1912 (Sheet 2), 1924 (Sheet 2), 1933 (Sheet 2), 1948 (Sheet 2)

IMAGES OF AMERICA: LIBERTYVILLE, p. 54-55

Historic Info Compiler
LR

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