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Mission

To promote and preserve buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods more than 50 years old, and the communities and heritage they foster.

Goals

Since 1979, our goals have been to provide resources, education and advocacy to those interested in historic buildings; to maintain the aesthetic and human appeal of our irreplaceable older neighborhoods; and to ease the experience of owning and preserving older homes and buildings.

What We Do

If you want to restore your older home, building, or landscape, where do you even start? Our Salvage Warehouse (located at 214 E Douglas St. in Bloomington, IL) offers many hard-to-find and unique restoration items. It also houses our library and other resources including lists of contractors and suppliers experienced with historic preservation who are ready to help you with your project. We also use this space to restore salvage items to make them more useful to our members and customers.

If you need more information before you get started, become a society member for as little as $25/year and benefit from all of our events such as demonstration workshops, classes, and informal discussions to get answers to your old house questions. We also accept older homes to restore or dismantle ourselves—we do the work, you get a tax deduction.

Preservation not only affects the owners of the building, but also the community in which it resides. Old House Society is just as dedicated to the neighborhood as the physical building. That's why we make it a point to host events such as house tours, endow "Gift to The Street" awards; and distribute copies of our book, Picturesque Bloomington. The Architectural Salvage Warehouse is also open to the public.

Warehouse

Address: 214 E. Douglas St., Bloomington, Illinois 61702
Mailing address: P.O. Box 581, Bloomington, Illinois 61702-0581
Emal: coordinator@oldhousesociety.org
Phone: (309) 820-0548
Hours: Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
             Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
             Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Or until the last person leaves with a              smile on their face.)