Demolition of the Norwood/Morgan/Wells House

The Quincy Preservation Commission has received an application by Quincy Media, Inc., prospective owner, for demolition of the Local Landmark known as the Norwood/Morgan/Wells House located on property at 421 Jersey St.  The structure also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Contributing Structure in the Downtown Quincy National Register Historic District (1983).  The property is legally described as:

All of Lot Seven, in Block Number Nineteen, in the Original Town, now City, of Quincy.  Known as 421 Jersey Street, in the City of Quincy, situated in the County of Adams, in the State of Illinois. 

Public notice is hereby given to all persons in the city of Quincy that a public hearing before the Quincy Preservation Commission will be held relative to this application for demolition at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in the City Council Chambers, First Floor Quincy City Hall, 730 Maine St., Quincy, Illinois.  At the hearing the Commission shall hear evidence and testimony and consider the following issues: 

  1. The condition of the property and how the condition affects the feasibility of preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of the property;

  2. The general feasibility of preservation, rehabilitation or restoration and any economic hardship to the property owner from the denial of a certificate of demolition;

  3. Ways in which the interest of the public in preserving the property may be balanced against the interests of the owner of the property;

  4. Alternatives to demolition;

  5. The interest or quality in the property that would make demolition a loss to the general community;

  6. Any unusual or uncommon design elements and materials that cannot be reproduced or reproduced only with great difficulty;

  7. Whether the property is of such interest or quality that it is listed or could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Illinois State Register or as a local Landmark;

  8. Whether retention of the structure would help preserve and protect a historic place or area of historic interest in the city; and

  9. Whether retention of the structure would promote the general welfare of the city by encouraging study of American and local history, architecture and design or by developing an understanding of the importance and value of the American culture and heritage as well as by making the city a more attractive and desirable place in which to live.


by David Schlembach, Chairperson