Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 8, 2013

Austin Mansion to become event venue

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Following the completion of an online auction Wednesday, the Austin Mansion sold to local business Walnut Street Weddings. The property, which served as the Illinois College of Photography from 1900 to 1931 and was featured on “This Old House” and HGTV's “If These Walls Could Talk”, is steeped in local history since its construction in 1892.

According to Billi Lou Jansen, owner of Walnut Street Weddings, the property will remain unchanged and will serve as an event venue for the area. While deciding the scope of the opportunities available for the mansion, Jansen said it will definitely be used for weddings and other events.

“The community has such ties to this building,” said Jansen. “It is so unique, I'm glad we can put it to a good use.”

For more on the story, see Saturday's print edition.