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Pillsbury House The Wrecking Ball Looms

Second Empire and Italianate architectural style house.

This undated photograph was taken not too long before this historic house, a mix of Second Empire and Italianate architectural styles, was torn down. Located at 109 E. Olive St. in Bloomington, it was built by Dr. William Hill after the Civil War. Hill’s daughter Daisy married architect Arthur L. Pillsbury, and the couple made their home here, as did their daughter Frances.

Frances Pillsbury fought to save her family home from urban renewal, but it fell to the wrecking ball on April 25, 1961. Bloomington City Hall stands at this location today.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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