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The Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee has received a $5,000 historic preservation grant to shore up southeast corner of the Chautauqua Auditorium in Forest Park.

SHELBYVILLE — Landmarks Illinois has awarded $5,000 to the Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee to shore up the southeast corner of the Chautauqua Auditorium in Forest Park.

At a January Shelbyville City Council meeting, Chautauqua Preservation chairman and council member Mark Shanks called the state of the Chautauqua building “dire.” Engineers with Blank, Wesselink, Cook & Associates of Decatur found several defective beams that had stopped progress on other work, Shanks said.

Shanks also said it would cost an estimated $150,000 to put a new roof on the Chautauqua and $250,000 to repair the column support beams.

The Chautauqua grant was among $15,800 awarded to five historic preservation projects in the latest round of funding through the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program.

Landmarks Illinois, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting historic preservation, said in a news release that individual grant amounts ranged from $1,300 to $5,000 for historic preservation efforts in Bolingbrook, Elmhurst, Lombard, DuPage County and Shelbyville.

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund was created in 2004 and provides monetary assistance to historic structures that are in need of restoration, are threatened with demolition or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. Grants through the program are awarded four times a year. The next round of applications for the grant program are due May 15.

Details about the grant program, project eligibility and nomination forms can be found at www.landmarks.org

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