Partners in Preservation Project in Chicago Area Unveiled

Posted on: September 25th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Earlier this month I attended the first annual "Taste of Spring Grove" event at the Spring Grove Fish Hatchery, one of the 2007 Partners in Preservation grant recipients. The building looks fantastic, and it is incredible how much interest the Partners in Preservation project has generated in Spring Grove and the surrounding communities!

The PIP funding has done exactly what it was supposed to do -- galvanize the local groups and leverage additional funding and support from other sources. A huge turnout at the event indicated that the public is very interested in the Fish Hatchery. My conversations with Village officials showed that they have very ambitious plans in the upcoming year: complete the interior restoration and restore large portions of the grounds; place the entire site on the National Register and locally landmark it; make the "Taste of Spring Grove" and annual fundraiser for the Fish Hatchery; and start other public programming at the site including a farmers market and arts program. I could not be more pleased with what they have done and what they plan to do.

The Partners in Preservation grant money has completely transformed this site and this small town.

-- Christina Morris

Christina Morris is a program officer in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Midwest Office

Partners in Preservation funding helped the Village of Spring Grove install new windows in several locations. Many of the original wood windows were placed in the 1990s with new units that were inappropriate. The new windows, such as those seen on the north side of the Fish Hatchery, were designed to match the original double hung windows.

Partners in Preservation funding helped the Village of Spring Grove install new windows in several locations. Many of the original wood windows were placed in the 1990s with new units that were inappropriate. The new windows, such as those seen on the north side of the Fish Hatchery, were designed to match the original double hung windows.

Bonnie DeGroot of the Village of Spring Grove (4th from the right) and the Village Trustee proudly pose in front of the Fish Hatchery building with Chris Morris of the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (2nd from right) during their first annual "Taste of Spring Grove" event.

Bonnie DeGroot of the Village of Spring Grove (4th from the right) and the Village Trustee proudly pose in front of the Fish Hatchery building with Chris Morris of the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (2nd from right) during their first annual

Hundreds of people from Spring Grove and surrounding communities attended the first annual "Taste of Spring Grove" event at the Spring Grove Fish Hatchery to celebrate the completion of the Partners in Preservation project. All proceeds from the event will go toward the continued restoration of the Fish Hatchery.

Hundreds of people from Spring Grove and surrounding communities attended the first annual

The event was an opportunity for people to learn more about the plans for the restoration of the building and grounds.Tours of the interior included an explanation of the larger plans for the restoration of the Fish Hatchery grounds and ponds. The Village hopes to restore a portion of the Fish Hatchery interior to teach school groups and visitors about the Hatchery's function and history, while the upper floors will provide additional space for educational programs and events.

The event was an opportunity for people to learn more about the plans for the restoration of the building and grounds.Tours of the interior included an explanation of the larger plans for the restoration of the Fish Hatchery grounds and ponds. The Village hopes to restore a portion of the Fish Hatchery interior to teach school groups and visitors about the Hatchery

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