The South Side home of "father of modern Chicago blues" Muddy Waters, a group of Windy City bascule bridges and an elegant 1920s theater are among Landmarks Illinois' "10 Most Endangered Historic Places" of 2013.
(See photos of all 10 historical places below.)
The Chicago-based organization revealed its annual list Tuesday in Springfield with the hopes of bringing attention to structures around the state it says are "threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, or inappropriate development."
Several structures on the list are are headed toward demolition, including Waters' one-time Chicago home. According to the Associated Press, the South Lake Park Avenue brick row home has been vacant for a decade and is in foreclosure proceedings.
"Anybody who was anyone was in that house," said Tim Samuelson, a cultural historian with the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. "I always call it the real House of Blues."
The Daily Herald notes that while a Landmarks Illinois designation "carries no regulatory or official power," President Bonnie McDonald explained a nod can bring renewed public interest that may spur fundraising efforts or potential investors.
Since the program started in 1995, the council says 52 sites have been saved, 40 have been demolished or substantially altered, 80 are still threatened and 13 have a rehab pending or underway.
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