An Art Contest

Friends of Eliestoun is conducting an open art contest for an Eliestoun logo. Your design may be used on mugs, pencils, tee shirts, our letterhead, and anything else you can come up with!

Principia students from preschool to college, alumni, and friends in the community and around the world are welcome to submit entries.  So spread the word to everyone you know.  You may submit as many entries as you like.

Submissions should be received by November 15, 2015

You can email them to or mail them to:
Friends of Eliestoun
PO Box 35
Elsah, IL  62028

Submissions become the property of Friends of Eliestoun nfp and may be used to create income-generating items; they may be auctioned off to the highest bidder; or they may be used for other promotional possibilities.

Nearing Letter of Intent Completion

Friends of Eliestoun has been moving forward with deliberate, progressive steps in advancing our work. This work requires much care and due diligence and moves more slowly than we all wish. We have interviewed firms and individuals with whom we plan to work in the upcoming months and years.

Through these discussions and much prayerful work, we selected Metropolitan Build, a Saint Louis-based firm experienced with historic preservation projects and that has a proven history with Principia. Their professional background with Principia includes the renovations of Anderson Hall, Rackham Court, Cox Cottage, and other lesser projects on the college campus. An alumnus of the college is one of its principals.

Our decision to work with Metropolitan Build will commence with the finalization of a Letter of Intent with Principia. Then, we begin a comprehensive feasibility study for Eliestoun. This study includes identifying the highest and best use of Eliestoun to base its continuing service on for the community at large and to complement the mission, vision and values of Principia College. Estimated costs associated with renovating the property and main structure for that use are part of the feasibility study.

By December 31, 2015, we will present a major milestone report to Principia, and expect to be completed with the entire study by March 31, 2016. Several other milestones both before and after December 31 are scheduled and we will post you with these once accomplished.

After the study is complete, we expect to formalize a lease with Principia allowing renovation work to begin on site once sufficient funding goals have been achieved.

Other Eliestoun-related activities include working with Principia College to address emergency repairs. And some local residents have held several yard sales for the community with all proceeds donated to Friends of Eliestoun, now surpassing $1000.

Progress with Eliestoun

It’s been so long since we’ve communicated with you about Eliestoun that we would like to bring you up-to-date.

The Friends of Eliestoun Board meets every week. We are actively taking steps that are needed before we can make emergency repairs or conduct tours of the building.

Here are those steps:

  1. We have been interviewing project managers, architects, and other workers who are interested in our project.
  2. We are securing an appraisal and proper insurance coverage.
  3. We are composing a Letter of Intent with Principia, to be followed up with a final lease.

Summer Sessioners will be arriving here June 13th, and we want to share with them our project. This may be by means of an information table in the concourse and a projection in the concourse of an Eliestoun video.

Don’t forget If you know of some people who would like to know more about Eliestoun, invite them to add their email address to our list from our homepage.

We are grateful for all of your support for this project, and appreciate your commitment to restoring Eliestoun to its former beauty. Thank you for your prayerful, financial, and social contributions to the efforts to save Eliestoun.

Moving Forward

Now that we have met the first goal and our bank account is growing. These are our next steps:

  • Finalizing the lease with Principia
  • Filling positions for:
    • Architect
    • Project Manager
    • Head of Fundraising
    • Head of Enterprise Fundraising
  • We will begin these in earnest in 2015.

Once the architect and/or project manager are determined, we will use funds to have inspections made, assess, and handle any immediate needs. Among first project considerations are: extending water access to the property for fire hydrants, asbestos removal, and determining a realistic projection of overall project costs.

We Reached the First Milestone

An outpouring of metaphysical and financial support has taken the form of many pledges to save Eliestoun. Friends of Eliestoun has met Principia’s first requirement of $100,000 in pledges by December 31, 2014. We are humbled and filled with gratitude for this progress. Principia has acknowledged that we achieved the first milestone, and we have embarked on a closer partnership with the college, particularly reaching out to academic departments, and embracing alumni and friends who remember and celebrate Eliestoun. Our next milestone is to secure $100,000 in the bank account by March 31, 2015, another requirement outlined by Principia. Thank you for your support, and help us to keep spreading the word. – The board of Friends of Eliestoun: Alice Dervin, Jonathan Hosmer, Jeralyn Lewitz, Lora McMullin, Helen Wills