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Video: Inside Yorkville's Old Jail Site

Volunteers are working on painting and sealing windows at the building, which dates back to 1893.

Yorkville's Cultural Arts Commission is leading efforts to paint and seal windows at the historic jail site, which hosted a haunted house last fall.

The building itself needs electrical, plumbing and roofing work before it will be ready to serve as a museum or other public building, commission member Howard Manthei said. The group is pursuing grants for those more expensive items and plans to use the haunted house as another fundraiser this fall.

The city at 111 W. Madison St. from the county last year for $160,000. The original structure providing a jail and sheriff's residence was built in 1893, replacing a jail area in the basement of the . The West Madison Street location served as the , when the current jail near Route 34 and Cannonball Trail opened.

For information about the old jail or to arrange a tour, contact Manthei at hmanthei@comcast.net or at 630-553-6287.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article had the wrong purchase price for the jail. Yorkville Patch regrets the error.

Jillian Duchnowski October 13, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Robyn Sutcliff asked I post this on her behalf: "Thanks to Howard and Harold Oliver who have spent countless hours uncovered the striking historic significance of the building. We are having the 2nd annual Jail of the Dead Haunted House in a week. If you would like to help, contact Howard Manthei. We hope to have guided tours through the facility soon. This building is a treasure and is a tourism destination for Yorkville. It is hard to believe than many in the area wanted to tear it down for a parking lot or sell it."

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