Restoration Plan – Gustave Koerner House

House History | National Register Application

Plans: Deck, Steps, Patio Brickwork    Roof   Attic, 2nd Floor   1st Floor   Demolition   Grounds


Donations, grants, and special events held prior to 2005 provided the $117,000 needed to fund the Historic Structure Report phase of the Gustave Koerner House Restoration project commissioned by the Committee in July 2005.
The Historic Structure Report  

  • Documents and Assesses the Building’s Fabric

    This multi-disciplinary technical report describes the property; provides materials analysis of mortar, plaster, paint and wood; evaluates the mechanical, electrical, and structural needs for public use.

  • Produces a Restoration Plan

    Design recommendations, measured drawings and budget forecasts are included in the Report. As a planning document, it will guide all future decisions in the restoration process.

  • Is researched and prepared by Fever River Research


Restoration of the Gustave Koerner House will proceed in phases as funds become available.
We anticipate approximately $500,000 will be needed to complete the project.

Once restored, the Koerner House will provide a unique opportunity to explore themes illuminated by Koerner’s life and accomplishments: the movement to end slavery, the dissatisfaction Koerner and others had with the Democratic Party which ultimately led to establishment of the Republican Party, the Koerner-Lincoln friendship and their emerging philosophy, the all-consuming mid-19th century American debate and the dramatic changes it wrought in American history, America’s developing relationships with Europe, and the intellectual energy immigration brought to our shores.

In order to succeed, we rely heavily on generous donations from small businesses, large corporations, and individuals like you; monies generated by Special Events during the year; and commemorative items and books available through our Gift Store.

You are cordially invited to join our partnership with a Tax-exempt Gift.

The Gustave Koerner House

200 Abend
Belleville, IL 62220

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Restoring this important piece of Illinois history is a labor-intensive yet very worthwhile endeavor. Please consider donating any amount to help us preserve this important historical treasure.