City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Camp Lincoln Commissary Building

Camp Lincoln Commissary Building

1301 North MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL

Built in 1903, the Camp Lincoln Commissary Building, or “The Castle” as it is commonly referred to, is the oldest permanent building remaining on the grounds of Camp Lincoln. Currently used by the Illinois National Guard, Camp Lincoln was established in 1886 as a training center for the Illinois State Militia. The Commissary Building is the only building remaining with a direct association to the early history of the State Militia and Camp Lincoln. It has been used as a hospital, barracks, quartermaster storage, headquarters, and during World War I, it served as a physical examination center. Currently used for storage, plans call for it to be turned into a military museum. Built by Culver Stone Company, the Commissary Building is comprised of rusticated limestone. Use of corner turrets, buttresses, and cornice, along with smooth dressed limestone stringcourses that separate the foundation, first and second stories suggest a castellated fortress.