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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.