Welles' former dorm facing demolition

Sept. 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM
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WOODSTOCK, Ill., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The school dorm in Woodstock, Ill., where "War of the Worlds" broadcaster Orson Welles once slept is facing demolition, former residents say.

Caryl Lemanski, whose parents raised her in the dorm while serving as school employees, said even as a child, Welles would entertain others by telling stories at the Todd School for Boys, the Chicago Tribune said Friday.

"As a young fellow, Orson Welles would sit in the living room of Grace Hall and enthrall other students with his impromptu storytelling," Lemanski told the Tribune.

Yet after more than a decade of business, the school closed in 1954 and its owners are planning on demolishing the school dorm to make way for a living facility for seniors.

Lemanski told the Tribune she and other longtime residents are trying to have the Illinois site deemed a historical landmark.

"Todd School is a symbol of the past and the famous people who grew up here and got an education and became outstanding contributors to society," she said.

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