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     September 27, 2019      #2B-270 SsK

Jack Klasey: Kankakee's Iconic Arcade

Jack Klasey: la arcada icónica de Kankakee

By Jack Klasey

Emory Cobb’s original plan was to construct a library for Kankakee. By the time his Arcade Building opened in 1884, it housed offices, meeting rooms, a bank, the Kankakee Post Office, American Express and Western Union Telegraph facilities and an opera house with seating for about 500 people. As Cobb explained in remarks at the opera house debut on Nov. 14, “My first thought was to erect a library building only, but upon further reflection, I enlarged the plan, not losing sight of that objective. Rooms for a public library have been provided and are now available for that purpose.”

The building on the northwest corner of ...

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