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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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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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.

Sep 222010

Title: PACA Membership & Volunteer Recognition Party
Location: Salvage Warehouse – 44 E. Washington, C
Description: Annual PACA party to celebrate our great members and volunteers. Food, drink, and music provided. Come and meet and celebrate with our wonderful PACA volunteers and members! Open to all.
Start Time: 4:00
Date: 2010-10-30

Mar 282009

On Wednesday, March 11, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois announced that the historic Mumford House, the oldest building on the UIUC campus, would not be relocated. Instead, the house will be rehabilitated on its original, South Quad site.

The Mumford House

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois discussed the proposed relocation of the Mumford House at the regular Board meeting. The Board heard comments from Jim Peters (President, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois) and Karen Kummer (Executive Director, Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County). The Board will prepare a resolution to restore the Mumford House on site for vote at their next meeting in May. LPCI offered support with the preservation effort through pro bono architects and engineers. PACA thanks all who wrote letters of support for the Mumford House.

A copy of the UIUC news release can be found here. An article appeared in the News-Gazette on March 11, 2009 and on Vince Michael’s blog.