Mount Carroll Historic District

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Mount Carroll Historic District
Downtown Market Street MG 8152.jpg
Market Street in downtown Mount Carroll.
Mount Carroll Historic District is located in Illinois
Mount Carroll Historic District
Location Mount Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 42°05′31″N 89°58′49″W / 42.09194°N 89.98028°W / 42.09194; -89.98028Coordinates: 42°05′31″N 89°58′49″W / 42.09194°N 89.98028°W / 42.09194; -89.98028
Area 118 acres (48 ha)
Built c. 1850-1924
Architect Various
NRHP Reference # 80001340[1]
Added to NRHP November 24, 1980

The Mount Carroll Historic District is a designated historic district in the Carroll County, Illinois town of Mount Carroll, which is the county seat. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and is one of a total six sites in the county included on the Register.

The district was added to the NRHP in 1980. One building within the district, the Carroll County Courthouse, had already been added to the NRHP in 1973.[2]

The District is divided into three major sections: the traditional downtown of Mount Carroll, including the courthouse, library and business district; a residential area to the south of the downtown; and further south, the historic original campus of Chicago's Shimer College, now occupied by the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. The great majority of the buildings in the first two sections date from before 1900. Due to a fire that destroyed the original Mount Carroll Seminary campus in 1906, all of the Shimer campus buildings are from the 20th century, but most date from before 1930.[3]

NRHP-listed structures that are located within Mount Carroll but not included in the district are the Caroline Mark House and Nathaniel Halderman House.

Buildings and structures[edit]

The District's boundaries include a total of 272 buildings and structures, of which 81 have been assessed to have particular architectural and historic significance.[2]

Listing number[2] Name Street address Year built Architect Notes
1 Commercial block 207-209 W. Market Unknown
2 Commercial block 408 N. Carroll Unknown
3 A.N. Lichty Building 106 W. Market 1865
4 Samuel J. Campbell Building 108-112 W. Market 1865
5 Galena Street Bridge Unknown Wrought Iron Bridge Company.
6 Carroll County Courthouse Market & Main
Mount Carroll courthouse.jpg
1858 William B. Olmsted & Peter A. Nicholson
7 Glenview Hotel Market & Clay
Downtown HotelMG 8147.jpg
8 Robert M.A. Hawk Residence 115 N. Clay approx. 1867 Hawk was the only sitting US representative to ever reside in Carroll County.
9 Uriah Green Residence 105 N. Clay 1873
10 S.J. Campbell Sr. Residence II 202 N. Main 1875
11 B.H. and James S. Hallett Residence 209 S. Main 1856
12 Nelson Rinedollar Residence 306 S. Main 1877
13 Hiram Colehour Residence 316 S. Main 1860
14 John M. Stowell Residence 413 S. Main 1860
15 John G. Blake Residence 210 E. Broadway 1861
16 Owen P. Miles Residence II 107 W. Broadway 1873
17 S.J. Campbell II Residence 111 W. Broadway 1925 Carroll A. Klein
18 Philander Seymour Residence 512 S. College 1856
19 Former campus of Shimer College (14 buildings) from Seminary St. south between Clay & Jackson
Shimer mtcarroll gate close.jpg
1903-1958 Various
20 Judge James Shaw Residence 415 S. Clay 1889 Joseph Lyman Silsbee James Shaw was a prominent local politician, serving three terms in the Illinois General Assembly including one as Speaker of the House
21 Jesse M. Shirk 304 E. Broadway 1867
22 Ansel Bailey Residence 402 S. Clay 1873
23 David Emmert House Clay & State 1842 David Emmert was co-founder and earliest settler of Mount Carroll
24 Commercial block 101 W. Market Unknown
25 Commercial block 105 W. Market Unknown
26 Commercial block 113 W. Market Unknown
27 Commercial block 318 N. Main Unknown
28 Commercial block 100-102 W. Market Unknown
29 Commercial block 308 N. Main Unknown
30 George A. Stanton Building 310 N. Main 1896
31 Commercial block 314-316 N. Main Unknown
32 Carnegie Library Main & Rapp
Mount Carroll Carnegie Library.jpg
33 Commercial block 115 W. Market Unknown
34 J.H. Bushy Plats 207-217 E. Market 1901
35 Commercial block 114 W. Market Unknown
36 Charles Philips Block 116-118 W. Market 1871
37 William Miller block 120 W. Market 1871 William T. Miller was a representative in the Illinois legislature
38 SS. John and Catherine Church 714 S. Jackson Unknown
39 Edwin McAffee Residence 504 S. College 1861
40 B.L. Shirk Residence 516 S. College 1862
41 A.B. Adams Residence 505 S. College 1894
42 Residence 611 S. Clay Unknown
43 Nathaniel H. Melendy Residence 401 S. Main 1871
44 Harvey B. Woods Residence 504 S. Lester 1902
45 John F. Hess Residence 102 W. Broadway a. 1855
46 George Rea Residence Broadway & Clay 1872
47 John W. Squires Residence 501 S. West 1902
48 Oliver Swartz Residence 212 E. State Rd. 1858
49 S.B. Emmons Residence 314 S. Clay 1870
50 James O'Brien Residence 302 S. Clay 1856
51 John H. Lafferty Residence 311 S. Clay 1887
52 Hannah Colehour Residence 309 S. Clay 1854
53 Joseph Ogden Residence 210 S. Clay 1873
54 Residence 209 S. Clay Unknown
55 Robert Campbell Residence 208 S. Main 1888
56 Emanuel Feaser Residence 211 S. Main 1856
57 John Nycum Residence 105 S. Clay 1858
58 Daniel Palmer Residence 107 S. Main 1873
59 David Nelson Residence 101 S. Main 1859
60 John Christian Residence 108 N. Main 1856
61 Nathan Jacobs Residence 102 N. Main 1856
62 Community House 101 N. Main 1860
63 William Halderman Residence 109 N. Main 1855
64 Residence 205 N. Main Unknown
65 S.H. Eby Residence 106 N. Clay 1864
66 Dr. D.M. Greeley Residence 111 N. Clay 1873
67 George Emmert Residence 107 N. Clay 1873
68 S.J. Campbell Sr. Residence I 204 N. Main 1856
69 Mrs. Lillie J. Kinney Residence 505 S. Porter c. 1900
70 Reuben R. Watson Residence 508 S. Porter 1901

Shimer College campus[edit]

The buildings of the erstwhile Shimer College campus are chiefly in the Georgian Revival style; they form a traditional college quadrangle. Two buildings that formed part of the Shimer College campus, but were built after 1960, are omitted from the Historic District: these are the Karyn Kupcinet Playhouse and the New Men's Dorm, both of which are separated from the rest of the campus by Jackson Street.

Since Shimer's departure in 1978, the campus has been occupied by the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, originally known as the "Restoration College". The buildings are used for administrative, classroom, and lodging purposes, but also serve as subject matter for the study and practice of historic preservation.

Listing number[2] Name Image Year built Architect Notes
19a Sawyer House 1925 C.A. Eckstrom President's residence
19b Metcalf Hall Shimer metcalf.jpg 1907 C.A. Eckstrom Main administrative building
19c Dearborn Hall Shimer dearborn.jpg 1903 Music building
19d Campbell Library Shimer mtcarroll library.jpg 1925 C.A. Eckstrom
19e Hostetter Hall Shimer hostetter.jpg 1906 C.A. Eckstrom Dormitory
19f Hathaway Hall Shimer hathaway front.jpg 1905 C.A. Eckstrom Dormitory
19g Infirmary Shimer infirmary.jpg 1913 C.A. Eckstrom
19h McKee Hall Shimer mckee front.jpg 1906 C.A. Eckstrom Dormitory; named for William Parker McKee
19i Bennett Hall Shimer bennett rear.jpg 1909 C.A. Eckstrom Dormitory
19j Gymnasium Shimer mt carroll gymnasium.jpg 1928 H.A. Anderson
19k Tolman Hall (Science Hall) Shimer science hall.jpg 1913 C.A. Eckstrom
19l Howe Hall Shimer howe.jpg 1957 Mittelbusher & Toutelot Dormitory
19m Steam Plant Shimer maintenance bldg.jpg 1911 C.A. Eckstrom
19n Dezendorf Hall Shimer dezendorf.jpg 1957 Mittelbusher & Toutelot Dormitory


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d Robert Wagner (1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ Rosabel Glass (1950). Shimer College History 1853-1950. 

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