Atkinson Monument (Precision Graphics), 106 South Neil

Constructed in 1904 at 106 South Neil, the Atkinson Monument Building stands as one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Champaign. Its detailing and stonework emphasize the craftsmanship Samuel P. Atkinson wished to portray to complement his engraving business.

The Commission determined that 106-108 S. Neil Street meets  criteria c, e, and f from the Zoning Ordinance and designated the property as a local landmark in 2003.

View enlarged image of the Atkinson Monument Company BuildingThe details of the designation are as follows:

(c) The property or structure is representative of the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type inherently valuable for the study of a period style, craftsmanship, method of construction or use of indigenous materials.
This building is a very good example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture with rusticated masonry walls and strong heavy rounded arches over its windows.
(e) The property or structure is identifiable as an established and familiar visual feature in the community owing to its unique location or physical characteristics. Located within a few steps of the busy intersection of Neil Street and University Avenue, this storefront is a familiar sight to downtown visitors.  Its visibility has increased with the removal of the storefronts which used to line the west side of Neil Street, now it is a very memorable sight for traffic eastbound on University Avenue as it enters the downtown commercial area.
(f) One of the few remaining examples of a particular architectural style or use, or is an example which clearly represents a major architectural style, and has undergone little or no alteration since its construction. The Richardsonian Romanesque style was never very prevalent in Champaign-Urbana, and this building is one of the few remaining local examples of the style.

Report to Historic Preservation Commission PL03-0087 (Atkinson)

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Column at the entrance

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Column Detail

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Rear entrance with machinery

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Detail of stone lifting and moving machinery

View enlarged image of the Atkinson Building from the insideView enlarged image of the original occupants of the Atkinson BuildingView enlarged image of the Atkinson Building lobbyView enlarged image of the historical atkinson building interior.

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Precision Graphics lobby today