ST. CHARLES – On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the city of St. Charles will be moving the historic Jones Law Office building from its current location at 304 Cedar Ave. to its new location in Langum Park along Route 25 near Devereaux Way, according to a news release.
Crews will lift the building off its concrete slab during the morning, according to the release. Then, crews will begin moving the structure, which is expected to take two to three hours. It is anticipated that the process would be completed by late afternoon. Roads will be closed temporarily to facilitate transportation of the building, but no substantial delays are expected for motorists, according to the release. The move route starts out on North Cedar Avenue and travels south to Riverside Avenue, and then continues on to Langum Park.
“The process for transporting a building is a slow and deliberate one,” Christopher Adesso, public services manager, said, according to the release. “We will spend the day prior to the move preparing the building for transport. Throughout the move, utility crews will be onsite to monitor lines along the move route as the structure travels to its new home.”
According to the St. Charles Public Library, Steven Sandborn Jones, a lawyer, moved to St. Charles in 1838 from Vermont, the release stated. He is credited with proposing the town change its name from its original Charleston to St. Charles after he learned another Illinois town already had the Charleston name.
At one time, Jones’ St. Charles law office was attached to the west side of the Minard House at 504 East Main St., St. Charles. In 1988, the office was moved to its current location behind the Dunham-Hunt House at 304 Cedar Ave., the release stated. The city sold the Dunham-Hunt House property in 2013. As a part of the sales contract, the city was given time to relocate the Law Office building to assure its preservation.