OSF HealthCare headquarters renovation nears end; January entry set

PEORIA — Historic feature restoration was a time-consuming and expensive focus in the renovation of OSF HealthCare’s new headquarters at the historic Schipper and Block department store in downtown Peoria.

But that work is nearing completion, with the first employees only months away from moving in.

OSF officials led a tour of the space on Tuesday, highlighting some of the work being done on the renovations and restorations.

‘Almost everything had to be redone’

Original to the 1905 building is much elaborate plasterwork, including decorative capitals on top of more than 100 massive columns. Everything required expert restoration and, in many cases, re-creation. The cornices on the seventh floor, which once housed the department store’s tea room, also required a lot of resources.

Leave a Reply