Pontiac, Illinois: Pistol-Shaped BuildingThe former Illinois State Police District 6 Headquarters is shaped like a handgun, kind of.
- Old Route 66, Pontiac, IL
- On the west side of Old Route 66 about 1.5 miles south of Pontiac.
Visitor Tips and News About Pistol-Shaped Building
We had a hard time finding this. It is on the west side of the road between two cornfields. If you get to the nursing home, you have gone too far. From the ground it looks like an old radio station, not a pistol, but it has a historical marker that shows you the shape from ABOVE! Still fun to stop.[Kelly Lopez, 07/30/2014]
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]