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Moving the Burnham Mansion!

$10,080 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 155 people in 3 months
The architect Daniel Burnham once said "Make No Little Plans" and with all other options exhausted, a BIG plan has been developed to move the historic Burnham Mansion in Champaign to a new site nearby before it would be demolished this summer.  

The building is currently located at 603 W. Church Street and is one of the few remaining residential buildings by renowned architect Daniel Burnham, who is most famous for his 1909 Plan of Chicago and for overseeing the design and construction of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

The Burnham Mansion will be relocated and rehabbed so that it can continue to be a part of the architectural and historical fabric of the community.  There has been a lot of interest in this project in recent months and we set up this page to get as much help for this challenging project as possible.  

We have already raised some money for the project that will allow us to get a construction loan once the building is moved.  Money donated here will help with Phases 1 and 2, which are the immediate needs of aquiring a new lot and moving the building off the current site.
- Phase 1 - Acquire new site and excavate for basement.
- Phase 2 - Move building and construct basement.
- Phase 3 - Rehab Burnham Mansion to reopen.
 
Please pass this along to anyone who might be able to help.  We have a very short timeline to be able to pull off this challenging project before it is too late.  We truly appreciate anything you can do to help make this BIG plan a reality and keep this great structure out of the landfill!  Please stay tuned for exciting details related to the moving day!
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Hello all,

I am writing to update everyone on the status of the Burnham project. Unfortunately the bank loan process got slowed down last week and with no cushion in the schedule, we missed a school district deadline. The school district, who owns the building has been helpful through this process, but has been clear that extensions to the schedule would not be granted. Because we were unable to meet the deadline, they have terminated the project as of last night and they plan to proceed with demolition of the building.

I am sure I share the disappointment of so many people who hoped this project would be a success. I have been motivated to keep going by how much progress we have made over the last three months. It seemed we were only three weeks away from seeing one of the last remaining houses by one of the most important American architecture firms moving down the street.

Thank you all for helping reach our online campaign goal! Because we were not successful in the ultimate goal of the project, I will be reaching out to you in the next couple of days to return the contributions. If anyone does not want their contribution returned, they will be donated to Landmarks Illinois and the local preservation group PACA. Both organizations have been so critical to getting the project this far and I hope their continued work will help to save significant places such as this.

Again, thank you for your support and I am sorry there is not a differnet outcome for this project.

Sincerely,
Chris Enck
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Here are a few photos of the interior of the house. It is amazing that the original details are still intact after 134 years!
Detail of main stairway
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Thank you everyone for the support and interest in this project! We are over halfway to our goal that will help get this great historic building moving!
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