New shelter concept for Fort Kaskaskia proposed

NEW SHELTER BUILDING–Pictured is a proposed designer’s conception of the new shelter building to replace the one destroyed by fire at Fort Kaskaskia.

On the evening of Oct. 31, 2012 a tragic fire destroyed the main shelter building located at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in rural Ellis Grove.

Last week, Randolph County Economic Development shared an update on the shelter building.

You may remember the shelter house at Fort Kaskaskia burned a few years ago. Many folks have worked hard to help replace the shelter. Emily Lyons and the Randolph County Historical Society, Dr. Marc Kiehna of the Randolph County Commissioners, (Randolph County State Historic Site Manager)Chester Wingerter, the Progress Committee, those who contributed money to help rebuild the shelter, and people from the State of Illinois,” read a post on the Randolph County Economic Development Facebook page.

The post was accompanied with a photo of the designer’s conception of what the new shelter building would look like.

This past summer, the Shelter Committee met to help move the project along. By spring, the Shelter Committee will hold a public meeting(s) to showcase the design,” the post noted.

For more on the Fort Kaskaskia shelter, please see this week’s print edition.