Cronin School now a Joliet landmark
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org May 8, 2013 10:44PM
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Updated: May 9, 2013 9:30PM
Cronin School, the one-room schoolhouse on the campus of Joliet Junior College, has been designated a local landmark.
The Joliet City Council approved the landmark status Tuesday, while the Joliet Historic Preservation Commission awarded the school its annual preservation award.
Another preservation award was given to the local Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society for organizing a banquet last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Joliet Union Station.
The Cronin School award was presented to the Joliet Junior College Foundation, which relocated the schoolhouse to the campus while preserving its condition.
Cronin School was built in 1863, said Kristin Mulvey, executive director for the Joliet Junior College Foundation.
“It is a living history museum,” Mulvey said. “It is a great thing in our community.”
Mulvey said about 300 students a week visit Cronin School and get a glimpse of history.
The school was originally located on Black Road and served Troy Township for 87 years, according to a city memo on the landmark status. It was purchased by Ed Larkin in 1952 and converted into his home. The Larkin family donated the building to the Joliet Junior College Foundation in 1987, when it was relocated to the main campus on Houbolt Road.
The Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society held the 100th anniversary banquet on Oct. 12, marking the date on which Joliet Union Station was opened in 1912.
Bill Molony, president of the Blackhawk Chapter, accepted the award and commended the city of Joliet for its work to preserve and maintain Union Station.