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Service Station Gets Restoration Grant

2012-07-07 16:34:19

NORMAL, Ill. - Terri Ryburn, owner of the historic former Sprague service station on Old Route 66 in Normal, has received another $10,000 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program of the National Park Service.

Ryburn said the grant, which requires a $10,000 match, will allow her to finish replacing original windows in the 1931-built Tudor Revival-style station.

She used a previous $10,000 matching grant from the same program to replace all the windows in the apartment in the building and to rebuild the storm windows.

Ryburn said she will use this grant to replace the windows in the attendantís apartment as well as three original doors on the north side of the building.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places because it is one of the few in the country with an ownerís apartment and tenantís apartment on the second floor.

A grant Ryburn received from the town of Normal and a $20,000 grant from the National Park Service helped her cover the cost of installing a new roof, heating and air conditioning system, bathrooms and ceilings, and complete an architectural study.

She still is seeking early photographs of the building to determine how to restore the lower level. The current plate glass windows are not original to the building, she said.

Ryburnís ultimate goal is to create a visitors center, coffee shop and tea room on the first floor and use the two-bay garage for performance and meeting space. In May, three Illinois State University classes studying the human factors of design, interior design and lighting joined forces to present concepts for each space.

This year, the same classes will work on concept designs for her long-range plan to have a bed and breakfast on the second floor, she said.

The former Sprague service station at 305 Pine St. was the only Illinois project earning a 2012 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and one of only 10 in the country. It is the third grant from the program for Ryburn.

~Mary Ann Ford,


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