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|City Honors Homeowners With Historical Architecture
|The City of Galesburg has honored a number of individuals who take pride in home ownership, but not just any homes.
The Galesburg Landmark Commission held its award ceremony at last Monday's City Council meeting. They honored three families for their efforts to maintain the historical look and feel of their homes, and honored another individual for his work on the commission.
Two of the award-winners were William and Debra Franckey. The city says they've restored a number of properties in recent years, including ones on North Jefferson, North Cherry, North Academy, and North Prairie Streets.
William Franckey says there are a couple of important reasons he and his wife have restored the properties.
"The old homes of Galesburg are a resource we have and it's like art you can live in. So it's as much of an artistic statement as it is, you know, getting a good deal for not much money and making something of it."
The Landmark Commission also honored Innkeepers Coffee owners Mike Bond and Johan Ewalt for the restoration work they've done on the bed and breakfast they own known as the Fahnestock house, and Doctor Mark and Shari Meeker for building an addition on to their historical home that was done to keep the architectural look consistent.
Retired Knox County Judge Harry Bulkeley was also recognized for the work he's done on the commission.
Bulkeley is stepping down as a member.
(Debra and William Franckey receive their "Paver Award" from Mayor Sal Garza May 18.)
(Shari Meeker, right, speaks after receiving a special Landmark Commission recognition award May 18. Mike Bond and Johan Ewalt were not in attendance at the City Council meeting to receive their award in person. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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