Heart Bomb at the Will County Courthouse
February 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Landmarks Illinois young & emerging professionals committee, the Skyline Council, and the Joliet-based Courthouse Preservation Partnership will team up to host a heart bombing at the former Will County Courthouse in Joliet. The event, which showers a historic building with public displays of affection, will bring attention to the architecturally significant courthouse currently threatened with demolition.
Saturday, February 11, 2023
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10 a.m.: Community craft making at MyGrain Brewing Company, 50 E. Jefferson St., #106, Joliet
The Skyline Council will provide limited art supplies to assemble and design artwork for the heart bombing. The public is also encouraged to bring their own art supplies or pre-made artwork. Coffee, hot cocoa and breakfast snacks will be served.
12 p.m. Group photo at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
Heart bombing participants will travel to the former Will County Courthouse to display their hearts and other artwork. Once all the artwork is displayed, a group photos will be taken at 12 p.m.
This is a free community event and the public is encouraged to attend. No registration necessary.
WHAT IS HEART BOMBING?
Heart bombing was created in 2012 by a group of young preservationists in Buffalo, New York, who showcased their love for abandoned historic properties in their city by papering them with handmade Valentines. The concept has since spread across the nation, encouraging others, including Landmarks Illinois, to use it as a way to activate and bring attention to historic places and local preservation efforts. Landmarks Illinois Skyline Council has hosted an annual heart bombing since 2018 at places including the Harley Clarke Mansion in Evanston and Altgeld Gardens in Chicago.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE WILL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Landmarks Illinois included the Will County Courthouse on its 2022 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. Built in 1969 by Otto Stark of C.F. Murphy Associates (now JAHN) and Krugel, Healy & Moore, the building’ design is the region’s lone example of Brutalist architecture. Today, the courthouse is vacant and at risk of demolition as county officials have not expressed a desire to explore reuse opportunities.
Landmarks Illinois is working closely with Courthouse Preservation Partners, a local community group in Joliet, advocating for the redevelopment of the Will County Courthouse in downtown Joliet.