Local Landmarks On Endangered Buildings List

10/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The last intact Route 66 filling station in Chicago, an Evanston mansion where the nation's 30th vice president once lived and a one-room school house in southwest suburban Orland Township are on this year's list of endangered buildings in the Chicago region, which also laments the disappearance of large, artistic neon signs.

Landmarks Illinois, a non-profit preservation group, just released its seventh annual list of what it says are significant historical buildings that are in danger of demolition or substantial alteration.

Among them is the Castle Car Wash, 3801 W. Ogden Ave., which was built in 1925 as Murphy's Filling Station and is the last historically intact filling station along the now-mythic Route 66, according to the Landmarks Illinois report. The castlelike structure, which is vacant and deteriorating, is now owned by a towing company, the report says.

The Charles G. Dawes House in Evanston, where Calvin Coolidge's vice president once lived, has been closed since April.

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