Thanks to articles published in The Beverly Review, many people know that the Givins Castle, an icon in the Beverly community and Chicago’s only castle, is in danger due to structural damage.

Time and Chicago’s winters have worn threatening cracks in the distinctive turrets, and restoring them to last another 120 years with historical integrity is costly.

As members of the Givins Castle Restoration Task Force, we send thanks to all of the community members and organizations that have generously contributed to save the Givins Castle.

We’re almost there.

This spring, expect to see scaffolding around the castle for major external renovations. Members of the restoration task force look at the time remaining before construction as an opportunity to build even more community-wide, citywide and statewide support.

With contractor and consultant contracts guaranteed through 2020, we have an all-in cost estimate of $1 million to $1.2 million.

To date, over $400,000 has been pledged from 40 families within the Beverly Unitarian Church congregation, with $300,000 designated from a Rebuild Illinois state capital grant, $4,000 from a Landmarks Illinois grant, $240,000 from a Chicago Adopt-a-Landmark grant as well as donations and pledges from more than 100 individuals and community groups not affiliated with Beverly Unitarian Church.

This capital campaign needs to raise a final $150,000. In support of this goal, a challenge grant from Tom and Jan Hardy will match all new donations up to $10,000 by March 1.

Please double your gift to save and restore a community icon, your Givins Castle. People can make their gifts through the website at, through social media @givinscastle or by mail to the Givins Castle Restoration Fund, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643.

Jean Robinson & Stacey Recht