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    Frank Lloyd Wright "Little House"

    by atufft Updated Feb 16, 2013
    Frank Lloyd Wright Little House, Peoria
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    I've seen numerous Frank Lloyd Wright Homes, and this one fits well within the architect's Prairie style genre of modern residential homes. Unfortunately, this home has been modified by it's owner, action which was cause for anger in the neighborhood. The home is named after the first owner, Francis W Little, and having been built in 1903, is one of Wright's earlier works.

    Please see note from reader on my page about the modification, and restoration of this house.

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    Second Presbyterian Church

    by atufft Updated Aug 9, 2012
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    The Second Presbyterian Church building near downtown was a petitioned spin off (1853) from the First Presbyterian congregation that dates back to 1834. Some four other congregations within Peoria, most of which still exist today, spun off the First Church. Indeed, Peoria was mostly a devote Protestant community during the 19th and 20th centuries. The building of the Second Presbyterian Church was the second one on that site, having been completed in 1889. In 1937, First Congregational Church and the Second Presbyterian merged together to form the First Federal Church, which stayed in the venerable old church building until 1949. Then the local chapter of the Eastern Star, under the donations of the Donmeyer family, purchased the church, and it became known as the Donmeyer Temple. The ashes of Isaac, Ellen and Rose Donmeyer were placed in the repository in 1952. In 1969, the Donmeyer Association attempted to sell the church property to Shell oil for a gas station (it's located quite near a I-74 freeway on-ramp), but the local public outcry was sufficient to stop this transaction. Thereafter, through to 1987 several attempts to turn the building to better use as a theater failed, during which time the Donmeyer vestibules were removed, until local businessman purchased the building, made some effort to restore it, and turned it into the current Cornerstone Building. Since then, financial strains have caused two other ownership turn-overs, but the building has since been protected from demolition by listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The building is constructed from native boulders found throughout Illinois and really is an architectural masterpiece worth visiting.

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    St Mary's Cathdral Downtown

    by atufft Updated Aug 9, 2012
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    There's a Cathedral and school near downtown where Mother Theresa once visited. Although most mid-west cities are heavily Protestant, it's not surprising that Peoria would be anchored by a Roman Catholic Cathedral because the town was founded by French settlers. In August 1673, Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest, performed the first baptism near present day Peoria.

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    Downtown Peoria

    by atufft Written Aug 9, 2012
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    Unfortunately, Peoria still in process of transition from old to new, appears to be short of redevelopment dollars, a common problem for mid-sized American cities. So, the waterfront is not too accessible or friendly for tourists--yet. Old warehouses and empty lots predominate. Catapillar isn't too ambitious about having visitors stop by, having a rather drab modern building. There is a strip of old town, and a respectable war memorial statue in a concrete setting.

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    Peoria Zoo: Takin, Giraffe, and Zebra Exhibits

    by atufft Written Aug 8, 2012
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    The Himalayan Takin is a rare exhibit for a zoo this size, but appropriate because it can endure the winter climate. The giraffe exhibit is both indoors and outdoors. Despite their large mass, giraffes are sensitive to cool climates and must be brought indoors by the zoo keepers.

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    Lion Den at Peoria Zoo

    by atufft Written Aug 8, 2012
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    There's a new Africa section to the zoo that includes a pair of mating African lions. These animals have a relatively expansive outdoor area that resembles their African habitat, with access to indoor area in winter.

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    Peoria Zoo Bird, Reptile and Amphibian Exhibits

    by atufft Written Aug 8, 2012
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    Because of the cold winter climate in Peoria, this zoo has well developed indoor habitats for its extensive collection of birds, reptiles and amphibians. I got images of these: Green Tree Python, Papuan Hornbill, Blue & Yellow Macaw, and a gecko I wasn't able to classify once back home.

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    Peoria Zoo Primate Cages

    by atufft Written Aug 8, 2012
    Cotton-Top Tamarin, Peoria Zoo
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    Peoria Zoo has a number of important lower primates in it's indoor collection, including a pair of Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, a pair of Ring Tailed Lemurs, several Black Handed Spider Monkeys (one of whom is 40 years old), a Mandrill baboon (the largest), and a Cotton-Topp Tamarin (the smallest).

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  • Airsoft X is awesome tactical gaming

    by ttgv77 Written Nov 8, 2011

    My buddies and I airsoft as much as possible, which is to say not much as there are few places to play and not enough good weather to go around. We recently got our game on at a new all indoor airsoft field in Peoria, IL called Airsoft X. Their address 8400 North Allen Road, Peoria, IL, www.airsoftx.co. They have a huge field, CQB area and a Range. The field is full of structures, obstacles and even a box truck. They use smoke, sound effects and lighting effects when you are playing. One of out guys rented all his gear there and was pleased with their equipment. I opted for their helmet camera. Best airsoft facility around.

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    LOOK AROUND

    by Rich62 Written Nov 6, 2011
    THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE ILLINOIS RIVER
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    Here are several photos of what we saw as we made our way through Peoria. Next time I hope we can stop and explore, but for now perhaps these photos will give just a little idea of what the area looks like, at least from Interstate 74.

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    Visit The Lakeview Museum

    by shrimp56 Updated Mar 29, 2011
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    This is a small museum that depends on the Smithsonian Affiliate program for most of its exhibits. It was an active place that Saturday, with Girl Scouts just leaving after a morning event and the art class folks coming in.

    There is a small exhibit of early American paintings, a Discovery Center [good for the child in everyone] and a small planetarium.

    The 2 main exhibits were a Jim Henson retrospective [The Muppets creator] and a photo exhibit called Flights of Fancy, both from the Smithsonian.

    It is obviously a well-loved and used facility.

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    Skip Stewart Modified Pitts Special "Prometheus"

    by Dester Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    Skip completely disassembled his Pitts S-2S and rebuilt it to specifications unique to his flying style.

    The fuselage has been strengthened and fitted with new wings, designed by Scheunemann Aviation Products, to handle the high G loads imposed during his routine.

    All the control surfaces have been enlarged to make Skip's unique maneuvers possible.

    The engine was replaced by a highly modified, 550 cubic inch powerhouse

    I watched him fly sideways fifteen feet off of the ground. The darndest thing to see.

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    Riverplex

    by dlandt Updated Jun 13, 2007
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    Like many cities, Peoria has been trying to develop its reiverfront. Although in comparison, the effort here seems to be halfhearted, they have made a relatively pleasant diversion. Corporate chains seem to dominate the shops, but there is also a Mark Twain era riverboat complete with paddle and whistle, as well as a variety of smaller shops and a visitor information center to tell you more. I have to be honest, the Riverplex isn't much, yet, but for Peoria, it represents a big step.

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    The War Memorials

    by dlandt Updated Jun 12, 2007
    Soldiers and Sailors Monument
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    Like most cities and towns in the US, Peoria has erected a few war memorials. The mist impressive of these is the Civil War monument, I think titled the soldiers and sailors memorial. I'm not sure how many sailors Peoria gave the Union, but quite a few soldiers setrved or were drafted. The art detail on the memorial is pretty impressive, though very much traditional. The WWI & WWII memorials are much newer and more austere, almost as if they didn't have the money to build a nice one.

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    Look What's Under One Roof in Peoria

    by deecat Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Peoria Civic Center

    I was really impressed when I went to a Josh Groban Concert in Civic Center Arena in early March, 2005. Built in 1982, Peoria Civic Center has played host to the best artists and athletes and numerous exhibitions.
    It was designed by world-renowned architects Phillip Johnson & John Burgee. This complex is really "a modern urban landmark" surrounded by a striking glass arcade which links spaces. It's made up of a 12,000-seat arena, where we saw the concert, and a 2,000-seat theater,. There are also exhibition halls and meeting rooms for any need (they can cater as many as 3,000 for dinner!)
    The Peoria Civic Center is home to:
    Peoria Symphony Orchestra
    Opera Illinois
    Peoria Area Civic Chorale
    Peoria Ballet
    Illinois Ballet
    Broadway Theater Series
    YouTheater Series
    This place is tops for sports.. The center hosts the Illinois High School Association Boys State Basketball Tournament. They serve as home for Rivermen Professional Hockey, Peoria Mutineers Indoor Football, and Bradley University men's basketball.

    The acoustics were excellent for the music concert. There were about 9,000 people in attendance, and all could hear, even those sitting in "nosebleed alley"!

    I read that the Peoria Civic Center is preparing for a major renovation soon; it's in the works!

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