Bailey-Rugg Building Fire 7 November 2008
The Bailey-Rugg Building was destroyed on the morning of 7 November 2008.

The Bailey-Rugg Building (aka the Metropolitan Building aka the Hamilton Building) was one of the finest Italianate commercial buildings in Champaign (and may have very well have been in downstate as well). It originally housed the Robeson's Dry Good's Store (which moved down Church Street) and the Rugg Shoe Store. It was destroyed by fire this morning in a devastating fire that took the heart out of downtown and my hopes of making downtown a historic district.

Look here for a photo of the fire and some photos of it in its past:
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