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Mineola Hotel makes list of endangered historic places in Illinois

FOX LAKE – The Mineola Hotel joined a former home for African-American orphans, the home of Blues musician Muddy Waters and a pre-Civil War era North Shore mansion on the list of the state's most endangered historic places.

Since the list was established in 1996, more than a third of the listed properties have been saved, less than a quarter have been demolished, and the remainder are somewhere in between.

The owner of the Mineola Hotel, Pete Jakstas Sr., isn't optimistic that placement on the list will save the 129-year-old hotel, located at 91 Cora Ave.

The hotel was built in 1884 as a private clubhouse and then converted to a public hotel in 1891.

The Jakstas family, which bought the hotel in 1943, closed the hotel portion in the 1960s, keeping open the restaurant on the first floor until the village of Fox Lake condemned it in 2012.

– Emily K. Coleman

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