Limestone columns from old Belleville courthouse may have new home

News-DemocratJune 4, 2014 

After rolling from the old Belleville courthouse to a real estate agent's office and eventually landing at Bicentennial Park, some well-remembered limestone columns may have another final home.

History buffs in Belleville hope to decorate the northside roundabout at Illinois 158 and Illinois 13 with segments of the limestone columns from the old St. Clair County Courthouse that were pulled down in 1972.

There is much yet to be determined, but "I think if we had a public appeal, there are enough people that have sentimental feelings about the old courthouse that we could get things done," says Jack Lechien of the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission.

The twin roundabouts are expected to be fully opened by July 4.

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