• Gail Borden Public Library (map)
  • 270 North Grove Avenue
  • Elgin, IL, 60120
  • United States

If it was built as a fire station, what happens when a fire station is no longer needed at that location, or when the old building can not accommodate modern equipment, practices, and personnel? Easy: just tear it down and build a new one wherever it is needed. Historic preservation of old structures, however, does not typically choose the easy course. Rather than demolish a significant structure, preservationists much prefer alternatives such as restoration of original exterior features and adaptation of the interior for a different purpose. Thus, the old firehouse can become, for example, a residence, a museum, or a commercial building. This is known as adaptive reuse. We will explore how buildings can be adapted, and see examples of successfully repurposed historical structures. Come hear the latest updates on the future of the Elgin Tower Building. Please register.

Location:  Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin Room
Contact/RSVP: Registration requested. Please visit “gailborden.info/register,” call 847-429-4597, or visit in person at the Registration Desk in the Lobby.
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.