Casseday Mansion In Joliet To Be Moved Monday

Bernie Tafoya
March 23, 2020 - 12:11 pm
Casseday Mansion

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An 1850s-era Joliet mansion that was headed for the wrecking ball more than a year ago, instead, is being rolled to a new location on Monday. 

The Casseday Mansion was finished being built around 1851, but preservationist Mary Beth Gannon said the first and smaller portion of the now-two-story limestone building was built in the 1830s.

"This house was always important to me. I’m a 7th generation Jolietan, and my late mother would always point out this house and say this was an important house," she said.

Thornton’s will be building a gas station where the mansion was at the corner of Jackson and Collins in Joliet.  Gannon said the Will County Historical Society intends to turn the house into a museum of African American history after much-needed repairs. She said the Historical Society will have to raise money to get the work done.

Jackson Street in Joliet is expected to be shut down until about 7 p.m. Monday night for the move. Thornton's is paying to have the historic building moved.

Casseday Mansion
Mary Beth Gannon

Gannon said that given the coronavirus outbreak and Sunday's snow, she was not sure the move would actually take place Monday, but it is.

She said the Casseday Mansion is "one of the last two-story limestone homes [in Joliet>."

Gannon said Joliet has had a long history of tearing down its history.

"We’ve lost so many historical buildings and houses, and to see one saved, it’s just hard to grasp until you actually see it," she said.