Fans of historic buildings of Illinois have been awaiting this announcement: the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places from the private group Landmarks Illinois. On the list this year is a house from Alton: the Bruch-Guertler House, located at 101 Blair Street.
That's located at the bottom of Alby Street at the Martin Luther King Drive overpass. Eric Shultis, vice president of the Alton Area Landmarks Association, is pleased this house made the list.
Built in 1854 of limestone quarried from the property, the house is an example of craftsmanship, local industry, and early settlement architecture. The early limestone, Gothic Revival house is remarkably intact, but has suffered a decline in the hands of its current owner, who has received several citations from the city. It is hoped that the Bruch-Guertler house, considered a local architectural treasure not only of Alton, but of the state of Illinois, can be sold or conveyed to a new owner.