CHAMPAIGN — The oldest documented commercial building in the city is getting a few repairs with the help of a $7,995 grant from the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.
The Cattle Bank at First Street and University Avenue, which houses the Champaign County Historical Museum, badly needed new upper-story windows, said museum board member Sue Wood. The glass was in such bad condition that it presented a danger to those walking below it.
"The glass could fall down onto people on the street," she said.
The last time the windows got any attention was about 30 years ago, she said.
"The repairs date from the early 1980s, and at that point, they weren't very professionally done," Wood said.
She said New Prairie Construction has already taken out five of the 10 double-hung, six-pane windows. The project includes the replacement of second-floor window frames and sashes and a reglazing of the sashes. The windows are located in the museum library and two of the exhibit rooms.
Historic preservationists need not worry, though. The 156-year-old Cattle Bank is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Wood said the work is being done with the blessing of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
"We purposely designed it so it would fit in that category," Wood said.