The city of Geneva, Illinois will be reviewing the revised ordinance for its historic preservation committee. Authority should remain with the city council to landmark historic districts or individual properties. Some citizens that are not supportive of historic preservation wish to remove authority from the city to act on behalf of the residents in the management of the historic character that makes Geneva so successful and so desirable.
I support retaining the "consent" language that keeps final authority with the city council and its historic preservation committee.
Save the historic Pure Oil building
A well known Geneva developer and owner of the historic Pure Oil Gas Station at the corner of State and 5th St. In Geneva (now the home of the Pure Gardener garden store) has asked the City of Geneva for permission to demolish this building and replace it with a bank drive through.
The Geneva Historic Preservation Committee voted overwhelmingly to deny him permission to destroy this iconic structure. However, this developer has chosen to appeal this decision to the Geneva City Council.
We represent an ad-hoc group of Geneva citizens who believe that losing this building will cause irreparable harm to the historic nature of our City. We would like to ask you to join us in our effort to inform the Geneva City Council that allowing the razing of this building would not be in the best interests of the City of Geneva and that, as with so many historic buildings in our City, a valuable, adaptive use can be found for our Pure Oil Station.
As the automobile became the primary mode of personal transportation a number of oil companies began to build gas stations and repair facilities in towns across the country. By the late 1920s they began developing their own, unique architectural styles as a way of “branding” their company and product. Pure Oil chose to copy the “English Cottage Style” in white brick with a blue roof and trim for its stations. They built hundreds of them across the nation.
Only a few remain today and by and large they are treasured pieces of history in the towns where they exist. We believe that there are only seven left in Illinois and ours in Geneva is in the most original condition.
Originally built in 1937 by Geneva's August Wilson who along with his brother worked closely with architect Frank Lloyd Wright on many projects. This building is an iconic “Roadside America” structure and an integral and vital part of the historic Lincoln Highway as well as a significant part of Historic Geneva. We believe that it must be saved and that a self sustaining, adaptive use can be found for it.