Galena Welcome Center - Galena, Illinois
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N 42° 24.950 W 090° 25.646
15T E 711667 N 4699153
Quick Description: The Old Market House is a two-story red brick Greek Revival building located at 123 North Commerce Street in Galena, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/26/2019 6:13:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM10M6X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
This is a very nice welcome center run by the City of Galena. Public Restrooms are located in a building directly west. There are some Galena themed souvenirs available for purchase. There is a very nice, and free, display of artifacts relating to the history of Galena. A plus is that all of this is in a very nicely kept up building on the National Register.

Built of red brick with stone lintels and wood trim and cornices. The central portion is two stories high, with the town council chamber on the second floor and offices below. The wings hold the large market halls, with colonnaded porches on both sides and a wide pedimented roof. The total effect is extremely interesting in its contrasts of color and of form, and even the cupola that crowns it has a definite individuality in the handling of the pedimentlike parapets with corner acroteria and a square dome above them.

It (Old Market House) was used as a public market house, city council chamber, city jail, and gathering place for local organizations, and was in the custody of a market master. 1910 marked the end of its use as a market house and for the next 26 years it was occupied by the city government and fire department. After being threatened with destruction, the historic building was sold by the City of Galena to the State of Illinois in 1947. Presently maintained by the Illinois Department of Conservation, Division of Parks and Memorials, it has been restored to its exterior appearance of 1846 and houses historical and architectural exhibits.

- National Register Application



Current name: Galena Welcome Center/Old Market House

Architect: Thomas Blish, Architect

Builder: H. J. Stouffer, Builder

Style: Greek Revival. Cupola; Wings

Historical Summary: Market stalls were located on the lower level. The City Council Chamber was on the second level.

Architectural Description: This is a 2-story meetinghouse in the Greek Revival style built in 1845-46. The foundation is limestone. Exterior walls are brick; wood clapboard/siding. The building has a side and front gable roof clad in metal. Windows are original or historic wood 6/6 fixed; double. The porch is original, Full-width, one-story; Wood materials; Classical supports. Doors are original or historic wood paneled.

- ruskinarc.com Historic Architecture Survey Database

Hours of Operation:
9 - 5 every day


Public Washrooms: No Washroom Facilities Available

Snacks/Drinks at the facility: No - Look elsewhere

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