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Bishop Hill Colony

Bishop Hill, Illinois
County of Henry.
Off U.S. 34
National Register Number: 70000244
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Watch in
2008.
Congressional District: IL - 14 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Town; http://www.state.il.us/HPA/Sites/BishopHill.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 27, 1984):
Founded in 1846 by religious dissidents who emigrated from Sweden to establish a new way of life on the Illinois prairie, the colony was run as a commune until its dissolution in 1861. Its archives, artifacts, and structures today are important documents for the study of immigration, ethnic heritage, and 19th century communitarian societies.

Condition:
The Colony Church is in need of basic maintenance/repair including exterior and interior restoration. The Bjorkland Hotel has a leak in the cupola and requires further interior restoration. The Boys' Dormitory is in need of structure stabilization.

The Bjorkland Hotel has recently undergone an exterior restoration which has greatly improved its condition and has stabilized the building to ensure no further deterioration occurs.


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