Rollo

(Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ photo)

A church near the Earlville area and an Aurora hospital that closed in the 1990's and is planned to be redeveloped were named to the National Register of Historic Places.  

In a statement on Monday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources cited the Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb County and the old Copley Hospital in Aurora in Kane County.

Historic places are added to the National Register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the IDNR.

The church was listed on August 27th, 2019 while Copley was listed on April 18th, 2019. The sites were among 12 in Illinois to be named to the national register.

Officials said the Rollo church, completed in 1913, is a good example of a side steeple vernacular church with elements of the Romanesque Revival style.

Amy Hathaway with the IDNR says the church is unique for the time period.

The church was designed by a small group of members at the time and was constructed with volunteer labor which was supervised by an experienced local builder hired for the project.

Presently, the church remains in excellent condition with no new additions and most of the work completed in the building has only been done for maintenance purposes.

Meanwhile, Copley Hospital served the city of Aurora from the late 1800's until it closed in 1995. Officials write that in the late 19th century, Aurora’s civic leaders recognized the need for a public medical care facility to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. They formed the not-for-profit "Aurora City Hospital Association," under state law on April 9, 1886.

The association immediately began to collect public donations and the hospital was able to open in October of 1888. In 1893, Copley Hospital established an accredited school of nursing on the property which graduated more than 1,100 nurses between 1893 and 1957.

Providing general medical care, surgical operations, and maternity services, it remained the only hospital in Aurora until 1900. Until 1911, it was the only institution in Aurora to offer maternity beds.

The hospital continued to receive additions to the complex, one of which was made possible by a generous donation from Ira C. Copley in 1932, after whom the building was then named.

By the time of its closing, the hospital had 200 beds including 30 infant beds, making it the oldest and the longest-occupied medical facility in Aurora.