Mount Carroll's downtown business section, anchored at one end by the 130 year old red brick courthouse, features some fine examples of 1870's decorative pressed metal storefront facades, and has been designated a National Historic District. A large section of Mount Carroll containing dozens of elegantly-trimmed 1870's brick homes is also on the National Register.
The Kraft Building welcomes visitors & prospective businesses to this unique community where brick streets and country charm create a hometown atmosphere. The Kraft Building recently re-opened following an extensive renovation where it literally rose from the ashes of a fire that damaged it a few years ago. The building houses the community Welcome Center, Community Development organizations and the Chamber of Commerce along with business friendly office and retail space ready to set up. This building is handicap accessible.
The original Carroll County courthouse was erected on the Northwest corner of the block with land donated by the mill company, Emmert, Halderman and Co. Completed in 1843, this small two story stone building was used as a church, courthouse, town hall and public meeting house. It was quickly outgrown and replaced with a larger courthouse.
Anchored by Carroll County's Courthouse Square on the east and the Mill to the west down the hill, this substantial commercial center sprung to life in the mid 1840s. A large number of the original buildings still stand, looking much like they did when they were built.
A crown jewel in the downtown area, the Hotel Glenview was built in 1886 at a cost of $20,000. It was constructed out of local Hallett brick, and the metal work done by local merchant S.J. Campbell. Their motto "Our home is your home" along with its attractive rooms and excellent food welcomed many travelers and dignitaries. The hotel closed in 1976, but the building is still used for retail shops and apartments. This building is featured in our walking tour, #12.
We are always open to new land developers interested in available prime acreage. Please contact us and let us know how we may help with your land development plans.
The mission of the Mount Carroll Community Development Corporation is to encourage and promote economic development that will integrate, maintain, and enhance the integrity of Mount Carroll’s historic characteristics.
If you are considering making Mt. Carroll your home we have a survey we'd love for you to fill out. It will only take a minute of your time and helps in our community development efforts to keep our community a great place to be.
Since its incorporation in August of 2000, the Mount Carroll Community Development has made great strides towards ongoing economic Development. With continued successes through the years the CDC has proven its position as the economic development arm of the City of Mount Carroll.