CROWN POINT | Fundraisers hope to create a sea of banners encircling the Old Lake County Courthouse as part of a campaign to support the nearly 135-year-old building.
"We're hoping to inspire everyone to get involved," said Theresa Badovich, who with Ginger Stout is co-chairing the Get Stitched to the Lake Court House Foundation campaign.
Supporters of the campaign get to design their own banner reflecting a family heritage, a favorite hobby, a business or other interest and add it to a string of banners on the courthouse in a public art display.
A donation of $250 buys a 31-inch by 36-inch flag. A 19-inch by 30-inch flag goes for $100.
All proceeds from the banner sales will be used to fund restoration and preservation of the building, which turns 135 in September, Badovich said.
The Get Stitched campaign is part of ongoing effort by the Lake Court House Foundation Inc. to raise $2 million to meet a promised $2 million matching grant from an anonymous donor.
Individuals, groups, businesses or corporations who buy a banner will have the opportunity to design it themselves or work with one of the campaign's volunteer stitchers to do so, Badovich said.
"We just want to create this sea of flags," Badovich said.
Banners can be bought at Spyceware Sewing Center, Cafe Crop or bits 'n pieces, all in Crown Point. Finished banners are to be returned to the businesses or to the Lake Court House Foundation office on the second floor of the courthouse. Deadline for submission is Sept. 6.
The courthouse has occupied the center of the Crown Point downtown since 1878 and became known as a marriage mill when an estimated 175,000 couples married there between 1915 and 1940.
Vacated by Lake County in 1974, the courthouse was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of concerned residents. The Victorian style building has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.