Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wally Henderson named 2013 SJ-R First Citizen

Wally Henderson, a longtime architect, preservationist and community activist who helped raise Springfield’s profile nationally, was given the 2013 State Journal-Register First Citizen Award during a breakfast ceremony Friday at the Old State Capitol.

Formerly a principal partner at Ferry & Henderson Architects and now retired, Henderson designed the renovation of the Old State Capitol in the 1960s, when the landmark was restored to its appearance during Lincoln’s era.

Henderson’s projects also included the Willard Ice Building, the Public Affairs Building at the University of Illinois Springfield and the SJ-R building.

Henderson has taken part in many local organizations, including Downtown Springfield Inc., the Sangamon County Historical Society and the Springfield Area Arts Council. He was an early supporter of higher education in Springfield and was involved with the UIS Foundation.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on October 4, 2013.

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