BEECHER | Landmarks Illinois has awarded a $1,500 matching grant from its Preservation Heritage Fund to the Beecher Mausoleum Guardian Angels to repair the roof of mausoleum located on Horner Lane in Beecher, according to a news release.
The Beecher Mausoleum, constructed of reinforced concrete with a Bedford limestone veneer, was designed by Cecil E. Bryan in 1913. Containing 210 crypts, the property has suffered from vandalism and neglect for many years. This property, along with several other mausoleums throughout the state, was listed on Landmarks Illinois' Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties List in 2013. The mausoleum roof will be replaced thanks to the donated services of the Local 11 United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers, Westchester; and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, Local 21, Chicago. The $1,500 Heritage Fund grant will help purchase project materials.
The Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund was created in 2004 to provide monetary grants to preserve or protect significant structures or sites in the state of Illinois. Program guidelines and application forms can be found at www.Landmarks.org.