Freeport City Hall

230 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois

Photos 

Overview Looking North

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The architect, D.S. Schureman, asked to have his name inscribed in the cornerstone of the building. The request was denied, but Schureman was not done. Since one end of the building was to be used as the city library, Schureman suggested that the names of famous authors be inscribed in the cornice of the building. Who could argue with such logic? The names of Dante, Shakespeare, Spencer, Chaucer, Homer, Uhland, Rebelais, Emerson, Milton, Addison, and Newton were inscribed into the stone.

It was not until after the building was completed that someone recognized that the first letter of each author's name, D-S-S-C-H-U-R-E-M-A-N spell the architect's name, D.S. Schureman.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2016.

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Description" & "NRHP Status" and Added "NRHP Record Number" & "Street View'
  • August 18, 2011: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources