Architects = Hewitt & Emerson. Originally= Peoria Life Insurance Co. building. Cost of site = $300,000. Permit to grade the foundation issued 9-30-18, value = $25,000.
On 10-19-18 Emmit C. May (pres of PLIC) sent a letter to general contractor V Jobst & Sons stating”every worker should be released that he may take up war essential work… As soon as we have a victorious peace, we will proceed immediately with our work & erect the full sixteen stories of its height as a celebration of victory.”Only that work which was absolutely necessary for the safety to life & property was to be done.
On 11-15-18 Jobst was advised to resume work as soon as workers were available as the government had withdrawn restrictions that had tied up materials and labor for the war effort. Foundation work resumed 11-26-18. Building permit issued 6-9-19, value = $800,000. The secretary of the Architects Society of Chicago noted this was the largest building under construction in the “entire Middle West.” At the time this structure was the tallest in Peoria.
The Peoria Star 8-7-20 wrote “Bathed in the radiance of 100 searchlights, the superstructure….. gleamed white against the clouds last night while from the pinnacle four 400 watt searchlights thirty feet above the pavement played at ten second intervals…….. visible for thirty miles or more.”
This was built entirely by PLIC without loans or bonds being placed on the property. The Alliance Life & Casualty Co bought it in 1934. Subsequently First National Bank purchased it (@ $900,000), then Commerce Bank.
Hewitt & Emerson’s office was in the very top of the building – only accessed by the stairway.
Golf? If you want to take long walks, take long walks. If you want to hit a ball with a stick, hit a ball with a stick. But there is no good reason either side of the Mississippi to combine these two. ~P.J. O’Rouke ~ (Hey, I’m just messen with you guys.)
“How did I make a twelve on a par five hole? It’s simple. I missed a four-foot putt for an eleven.” – Arnold Palmer
“I’ve heard people say putting is 50 percent technique and 50 percent mental. I really believe it is 50 percent technique and 90 percent positive thinking, see, but that adds up to 140 percent, which is why nobody is 100 percent sure how to putt.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez
“Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.” – Jimmy Demaret
“You don’t know what pressure is until you play for five bucks with only two bucks in your pocket.” – Lee Trevino
“Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez
“So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one—big hitter, the Lama—long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? “Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga.” So we finish the 18th, and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” – Carl Spakler, aka Bill Murray.
Oh, yes, I do! He still writes for automobile magazines every now and then. He mostly contributes to Atlantic Monthly now. They recently did a compilation of his car articles in a book called “Driving Like Crazy.” My shelves are FULL of his books. (Sorry, P.I., I guess this post got a little hijacked.)