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Historic Whiskey Barrel Building Wins State Preservation Award

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The owners of Peoria’s Cooperage 214 building on Pecan Street in the Warehouse District are being recognized for the historic preservation practices carried out in rehabbing the building.

Landmarks Illinois has selected Cooperage 214 as one of the nine historic preservation projects the agency selects for its annual awards program. Cooperage 214 is receiving the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Award for adaptive reuse.


The 27,000 square foot property was originally a barrel-making workshop for nearby whiskey distiller, Hiram Walker. Now the historic building houses office space and 18 luxury apartments.

WD Community Investment LLC benefited from Illinois’ River Edge Historic Tax Credit for the extensive rehabilitation project.

Landmarks Illinois will recognize the building's owners Jacob and Rainey Shorey of WD Community Investment during the 2017 Preservation Awards Ceremony on September 16 in Chicago.

Of the nine buildings being recognized, Cooperage 214 is the only award recipient from Peoria.