September 2018 . The Burnham House has been DEMOLISHED per order of Unit 4 School Board and Champaign Administration
UPDATE! Recently, U of I School of Architecture alum Chris Enck stepped up to save this historic and architecturally important Mansion. The Burnham House is one of only 10 residences remaining designed by Burnham & Root. Burnham is one of if the most famous architects in the world. He designed the City of Chicago, NYC's Flatiron Building, the Field Museum, DC's National Mall and Union Station, and multiple buildings for the Columbia Exposition.
If the Burnham House is going to survive into perpetuity, it MUST be moved off of the high school development site. This is a challenging and expensive undertaking. According to the terms, the Burnham move must occur by July which is less than 2 months away.
Mr Enck is a true preservationist. He has saved two houses from demolition including a house from Frank Lloyd Wright's studio and the Royer house at 801 W Oregon in Urbana. Here he is saving a Van Bergen/Frank Lloyd Wright Studio house from demolition http://www.chicagotribune.com/.../ct--house-moving....
This is the moving company Enck is working with http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170828/news/170828984/
Enck has set up A Go Fund Me site to support the considerable expenses involved in moving the mansion.
Please consider supporting Enck in any way feasible to save this beautiful, historic, and magnificent architectural legacy of Burnham and Root that we are unbelievably fortunate to have here. If you can spare $1, $10 or $1000, this will help to save this historically significant building from the landfill for this community and for future generations to enjoy.
LINK TO THE BURNHAM GO FUND ME
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