The preservation spirit appears alive and well in Joliet with the Historic Preservation Commission recognizing four restoration projects in the city.
Those projects included the city’s cathedral, a Sears kit home, a new brewery and a 19th-century brewer’s former home.
All were recognized Tuesday as the awards were presented at the Joliet City Council Meeting.
Cathedral of St. Raymond
The most prominent building recognized with the awards is the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus at 604 N. Raynor Ave.
The commission recognized “Indiana limestone cladding for the monumental front pillars and portico to match the limestone cladding on the main church block” and described the 190-foot bell tower as “a prominent landmark on Joliet’s skyline.”
Eileen Gutierrez, director of development at St. Raymond’s, accepted the award, saying, “We’re very proud of the cathedral, and we’re proud to be the cornerstone of the Cathedral area.”
1924 Sears Model Home
The most humble building in the awards was a 1924 Sears Model and Craftsman-style bungalow at 318 S. Midland Ave.
But extensive interior restoration was recognized in the commission’s award.
The project was honored for the “restoration of original floors and trim, retaining original fixtures, installing period-appropriate fixtures and cabinetry.”
MyGrain Brewery at
Owners of the MyGrain Brewery were recognized for “adaptive re-use” of a first-floor section of Joliet Union Station, which was built in 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The completed renovation maintains the historical integrity of both the interior and exterior while providing a unique dining experience,” the proclamation reads.
“We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this,” MyGrain co-owner Vince Turrise said.
Owners of the Sehring Mansion at 310 Bridge St. for tuck-pointing the limestone facade of the 19th-century brewer’s home and unearthing tunnels below that were used for the brewery.
The new owners are converting the property into a winery, tasting room and small banquet facility.
One of the owners said the winery may open this fall.