Oct 072015

IMG_1214Our new sidewalk is almost ready for use. Until they finish it please enter the PACA warehouse by the East door, through the yard.

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Oct 052015

Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, October 6th) PACAs regular entrance will be closed due to the city working on our sidewalk. Please enter the warehouse through the East door (through our side yard). Thanks!

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Jun 292015
ScreenshotArchitectural salvage is no longer used just for restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings. PACA members and others often make use of salvage material in creative ways.
Check out PACA volunteer Melissa’s Pinterest page for links to all sorts of interesting things people are doing with salvaged materials. Also check out Ernesto’s page.
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Mar 282014

Please join us at the Community United Church, 805 S. 6th St. Champaign, Il on April 6th from 2 to 4 pm for our annual membership meeting. We’ll be presenting our Heritage Awards for outstanding achievements in restoration and re-use.

If you have any questions please call 217-359-7222 for more information.

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Dec 182013

The Preservation and Conservation Association would like to offer help to the families whose homes and businesses were damaged or lost in the Sunday November 17 Tornado. We know of a number of loyal PACA members who suffered significant damage.

We will give anyone who can show that they are residents of the area a 25 % discount on architectural salvage items at our warehouse. This offer is good trough November of 2014.

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Aug 212013
I was shocked to see the photo on page B4 of Fridays Aug. 16th News Gazette. For those who missed it, the photo depicts a University of Illinois employee in a bulldozer demolishing a house near the corner of Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana, and it clearly shows that all of the original door and window trim (as well as the old, multi-paned windows) are still in the house, being destroyed along with all the rest.

What possible excuse can there be for this kind of waste?

Why, at a time when landfills are overflowing, would the University heedlessly destroy perfectly good architectural materials — doors, windows, wood trim, lighting fixtures, hardware, flooring, siding, mechanical components, (and who knows what other interesting bits and pieces of the old house that could have been of use to artists and crafters) — when a local organization exists that will gladly come at any time and remove all of these things at no cost or risk of liability to the University whatsoever?

The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA) has been a part of this community for over 30 years. PACA is a 501c3 nonprofit that uses the proceeds from its architectural salvage warehouse to not only support itself, but to also give grants to the community, scholarships to students, and sponsor educational opportunities for people interested in learning more about preservation and conservation. Since the changes of administration at the U of I, PACA has spent months making calls, stopping by offices, writing letters, filling out forms, and generally making a nuisance of themselves trying to get someone, anyone, at the University to sit down and talk with us about revitalizing and eventually formalizing a relationship that previously existed — and generally worked very well — for many years.

We still have hopes that this is just a temporary disruption and that we’ll soon be back on the University’s ‘to call’ list, but whether or no, the important thing is not that PACA has an opportunity to salvage these places before they come down, but that someone does.

Otherwise it is a deplorable waste of perfectly sound, still useful, and often irreplaceable material for absolutely no good reason.

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Apr 202013

This year’s Heritage awards and PACA’s annual membership meeting will take place on Sunday, April 21st from 2-4pm at The Community United Church, 805 S. 6th St. Champaign. Please come and join us!

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Jan 162013

Categories include noteworthy Residential and Commercial rehabilitation projects; Institutional (schools, churches, governments, etc.), projects that have kept the historic character of the building; conservation, educational, or restoration Landscape projects; and projects that have restored a Landmark building or site. Neighborhood Heritage Awards are given to rehabilitation projects that help stabilize a historic neighborhood or area, while Historically Respectful Design Awards are for additions or new construction that integrate well into the historic streetscape. Adaptive Use Awards are for projects that have converted a building to a new use while keeping its historic character; and Place in History Awards are for institutions that have continued to operate in a historic setting for 100 years or more. Special Heritage Awards are given to individuals who have worked to preserve a special aspect of our heritage or who have advanced the cause of historic preservation in our community. Please submit your nominations by March 15, 2013.

Dec 262012

Our warehouse is open Tuesday through Saturday every week. Tuesdays from 10-4, Wednesdays from 10-7, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-4, and as always, Saturdays from 9-12. All other times by appointment.

Visit us at 44 E Washington Street, Champaign, IL.

Dec 122012

After quite a long period of inaccessibility, PACA’s website is now back under our control. Please bear with us as we learn the software and try to bring everything up to date.