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Nachusa House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 August 2019 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

The Nachusa House is a former hotel in Dixon, Illinois along Galena Avenue (Illinois Route 26). The building was constructed in 1853 and operated continuously as a hotel until 1988. It underwent many alterations during the time it operated as a hotel. Following its period as a hotel, the five-story mansard roofed building fell into disrepair and was nearly demolished in 1997. The building was restored by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and a Chicago developer renovated the hotel into affordable housing for senior citizens at a cost of $3.2 million. During its height, the Nachusa House was a popular stop along rail and stagecoach lines and was a known layover for Abraham Lincoln. The Nachusa House was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Photo captured on July 14, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.8 ISO 100 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Martine Girard from France

Jolie bâtisse. Les réverbères sont très beaux avec leur décoration florale.

22 Aug 2019 5:18am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une superbe bâtisse

22 Aug 2019 5:28am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Wonderful history in a beautiful house

22 Aug 2019 5:29am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Encore une belle photo d'architecture.
Bonne journée Steven

22 Aug 2019 5:57am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une belle architecture très classique mais joliment parée
Bonne journée

22 Aug 2019 6:08am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Well, that this old building survived. Pretty with this mansard roof and USA-flagg decorations at the balconys.

22 Aug 2019 7:39am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A great and colorful historic building with a interesting story.

22 Aug 2019 8:07am

Joëlle from France

Bien vu bien pris, bonne journée Steven :)

22 Aug 2019 8:24am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

I am so pleased that this building was saved.

22 Aug 2019 9:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Good looking house

22 Aug 2019 11:01am

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice write up! Happy that this was saved and has been maintained since then
Five floors..amazing ! Well it looks impressive even now with three floors above the ground floor :)

22 Aug 2019 11:04am

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

A wonderful photo!

22 Aug 2019 12:55pm

willy from Belgium

heureusement, ce bâtiment a été restauré Steven

une très belle prise


22 Aug 2019 1:15pm

Rose from Clinton, United States

It sure is a beauty. I am glad it was saved...

22 Aug 2019 1:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Worth preserving! What a lovely angle to view it from.

22 Aug 2019 1:55pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

another excellent crisp architectural shot

22 Aug 2019 2:26pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec ces décorations au balcon quelle vue e cet édifice superbe touche
Belle soirée

22 Aug 2019 2:51pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so beautifully decorated

your image is exceptional

22 Aug 2019 2:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's a grand old place all decked out in bunting. It's been put to good use and I'm glad it escaped the wrecking ball. I enjoy your lovely image.

22 Aug 2019 3:57pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique et superbement décoré.
Toujours cadrage au Top Steven . Extra.

22 Aug 2019 5:23pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a magnificent building. I had my eye on this earlier in one of your pictures. It is a beautiful building. It has such a rich history. A fabulous image.

22 Aug 2019 6:21pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


22 Aug 2019 7:12pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

It's gotta be the grandest old folks' home in town!

22 Aug 2019 8:16pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I almost expect a pot-bellied politician on that third floor balcony, spouting some small-town wisdom. Beautiful, crisp and colorful image.

23 Aug 2019 12:13am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot.

23 Aug 2019 3:11am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Affordable housing for senior citizens sounds like a perfect legacy for this historicalstructure,Steven. YAY for the forward thinking!

23 Aug 2019 5:21am

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

wow, what a cool architecture shot! perfect photo! Steven

23 Aug 2019 8:44am

Remus from Portugal

It would be criminal if the building had been demolished.
The less positive thing I find: they put the air conditioning system on the window. I believe they could have found another solution to preserve the historical value of the building.

23 Aug 2019 2:40pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of this superb Hotel !

23 Aug 2019 7:21pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This looks like an interesting part of the country.

24 Aug 2019 3:07am

Mickaël D from CHERBOURG, France

On dirait qu'il y a un effet HDR sur cette demeure, j'aime les balcons et les lucarnes de toit ;)

28 Aug 2019 9:14am