Champaign County Jail, Urbana, Illinois
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Champaign County Jail, 201 E. Main St., Urbana. Crowds toured the new Champaign County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence, March 1905. The residential portion fronted Main Street and the jail’s west entrance faced the courthouse. The structure was threatened with demolition several times and was finally torn down to make room for courthouse additions in the spring of 2000. The sheriff’s residence and jail was designed by local architect, Joseph W. Royer, and at the time was considered one of the most humane facilities for the treatment of criminals. It had separate quarters for women, boys, and more “desperate types” of prisoners, a padded cell for the insane, and a debtors cell with homelike furnishings. Following the construction of the new County Correctional Center in 1980, it contained offices and storage. Urban Treasure Hunt 16 History; 18 Social Systems
|Miller, Patricia L, Illinois Heritage Association|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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