Pontiac, Illinois: Pistol-Shaped BuildingThe former Illinois State Police District 6 Headquarters is shaped like a handgun.
- Old Route 66, Pontiac, IL
- About two miles south of Pontiac on old Route 66, which runs just to the east of I-55.
Visitor Tips and News About Pistol-Shaped Building
The pistol-shaped building or former Illinois State Police headquarters is not a nursing home now, we drove by the building over Thanksgiving weekend and it is still abandoned and looks like it's been that way for a long time. There is a nursing home about a mile down the road.[Jim Hantak, 12/03/2010]
This [former police headquarters] is now a nursing home. It's hard to tell it's pistol shaped from the road, though curved entry is likely the trigger. Probably best viewed from the air.[J Nichols, 06/22/2010]
The former Illinois State Police District 6 Headquarters was built in 1941; the cops moved out in 2004. An Illinois state senator has proposed transferring ownership of the now-empty building to Livingston County for ten dollars, with the idea that it would be cleaned up and turned into a visitor center and picnic area. Perhaps this relatively-low-firepower structure was the inspiration for today's more deadly buildings.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/06/2007]