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Pontiac, Illinois: Pistol-Shaped Building

The former Illinois State Police District 6 Headquarters is shaped like a handgun if seen from above. On the ground you can look at an explanatory historical marker.

15551 Historic Hwy 66, Pontiac, IL
On the west side of Old Route 66 about 1.5 miles south of Pontiac.
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Pistol building.

Gun-Shaped State Police Headquarters

This was a State Police Headquarters, built in 1941, that closed in 2003. It has a historical marker and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the marker, the architect allegedly designed the building in the shape of a Derringer pistol as seen when viewed from above, and it showcases the Art Moderne style of architecture popular in the 1930s, with long linear lines, curved corners, and structural glass.

[Sue Freeman, 05/26/2022]

The Motor Police are waiting for you.

Pistol-Shaped Building

The Motor Police...are waiting out in front of the pistol-shaped building.

[Craig Grondfeldt, 08/04/2020]

Pistol shaped building.

Pistol-Shaped Building

It's in use, outside of town.

[Rebecca Keeler, 08/27/2015]
Pistol-Shaped Building

Don't go too far out of your way to see it. It was interesting enough only because we are having fun.

[Troy, 04/11/2015]
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]

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