Latest news on the acquisition of the Israel Stowell Temperance House

Historical Society

The latest news on the acquisition of the Israel Stowell Temperance House, located at 61-65 E. Walworth Avenue.

The raze order on the building has been moved to July 15th. A committee of interested citizens throughout the community and beyond have come together to save the building. This committee is functioning as a sub-committee of the historical society.

Ed Chesko, the owner of the building has offered it to the Delavan Historical Society in hopes of the building getting the restoration it desperately deserves.

We have an attorney on-board who has already been making the wheels turn faster than anyone could have imagined. Dale Thorpe, an attorney with Thorpe & Christian SC, has donated his time and expertise. He has also solicited the donations of title services from Chicago Title Company; surveying services from Farris Hansen & Association in Elkhorn; and Larry Thomas – Baxter-Woodman has completed a Phase 1 Environmental Survey.

Currently the books are slowly moving out of the building, and the lawyers are finalizing the contracts. We expect to have ownership of the building the latter part of July.

The first fundraiser is set for July 10th & 11th, when Ron Markwell and John Cangelosi will host an open house of both the Allyn Mansion and A.H. Allyn’s first home in the city of Delavan at 6th & Washington. (Also known as the Phillips/LaBar House)

The Open House will run concurrently from 1pm—5pm both days, and the cost will be $10.

These are two remarkable homes, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see them. Tickets are available at Bradley’s, Piggly Wiggly, and the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center.