“Chicago’s only Castle: No depiction of the Beverly-Morgan Park neighborhood is complete without the iconic turrets of the Givins Beverly Castle located at 10244 South Longwood Drive in Chicago.
“The Current Need: Time and 130 icy, windy Chicago winters have taken a toll on the 1886 limestone structure. The turrets have begun to decompose.
“Temporary stabilization was completed in 2018, and the cost to complete the necessary restorations will approach $1,000,000.
“With the endorsement of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), the Ridge Historical Society, the 19th Ward Alderman, Matt O’Shea, and historic preservation advocates across the city, we launched a capital campaign with an initial goal of $800,000. A successful grant proposal to Landmarks Illinois in 2019 is testimony to the importance of this historic preservation campaign, as is the selection of the Givins Beverly Castle for a Rebuild Illinois state capital project grant and the award of an Citywide Adopt-A-Landmark Fund grant.
“Your Role: The restoration campaign requires extraordinary generosity from many members of the local community and those across Greater Chicago who value historic preservation.
“Members of Beverly Unitarian Church, the ‘Castle Keepers’ since 1942, have pledged more than $400,000 toward the restoration campaign goal. We are now seeking matching gifts from the larger Chicago community.
“Please support the campaign to preserve and restore Chicago’s Only Castle.
“To make a donation online, go to www.givinsbeverlycastle.org. Check donations may be made to the Castle Restoration Fund at 10244 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago IL 60643. Gifts are tax deductible.