A Springfield preservationist is making a last-ditch attempt to save a pre-Civil War building that could face the wrecking ball next week.
The John Taylor House on South 12th Street is a two-story, 20-room residence that has sat vacant for years. In pre-Civil War days it was the home of a prominent Springfield citizen, John Taylor… and later became one of the first “rescue homes” for ex-prostitutes and their children in Downstate Illinois.
The home was first slated for demolition in 2002, but money from Save Old Springfield helped to spare it at the time. Now Jerry Jacobson says more than $50,000 must be raised by next week in order to save the historic building.