History of Lamplighter Inn

The building where Lamplighter Inn is located today was built in the late 1850s. The first floor (now the basement of Lamplighters) was partly below grade level and was used as a meeting hall at times. In the rear of the building at an outside entrance was a barbershop owned by George Kuebler. The second floor, up a few steps from the ground, housed a bakery. The third, or present second floor, was a large meeting hall. It was here that the Masonic Lodge was organized in 1859. The Masons' purchased the top floor in 1885 and a few years later purchased the entire building. In the early 1900s, the first floor was lower and is now the basement of the building. During the Civil War and until 1868 the older school children attended classes here while the lower grades remained in a one-story building on Wood Street, which was replaced in 1868 by a two-story wood school building that eventually housed all of the students.


Approximately 1870 the Immanuel Lutheran Church used the ground floor room while they were organizing their church. The Palatine Methodists rented the top floor of the building in 1868 while they remodeled and again in 1895 while the congregation was building a new brick church. In 1904 the Mason's moved to their new building at the Northeast corner of Palatine Road and Plum Grove Road and sold the building to Charles Rappolt who had a bakery on the second floor.

By 1934 the building belonged to Dick Sanford and was known as Dick's Tavern. You will see many pictures around the bar from this period in time. Sometime between 1929 and 1934 the original front door of the building was moved from the center front of the building to the corner of the building, where you currently enter. One morning, a Palatine resident came into Dick's Tavern and shot Sanford's daughter, Alice, and piano player Ed Batterman. The killer then shot himself. Both the gunman and Batterman died that night. Alice spent the rest of her life in a nursing home with a bullet lodged in her head.


From approximately 1956-1975 the building was owned by Al Zwirblis and was known as Mac and Al's Bar. In 1974 the Bellanca family proposed the purchase of the building. After almost a year-long negotiation the village voted to surrender the license owned by Zwirblis and issue a new license to Bellanca, Inc. with the understanding that the clientele would be upgraded and not be so prominent in the local police blotter. The business was renamed Lamplighter Inn. With all the paperwork behind them, the Bellanca family opened up the new tavern in November of 1975 and have enjoyed serving its patrons.

When you visit Lamps for a cocktail or a meal, you are experiencing a part of Palatine's history...

If you have any other facts or pictures related to 60 N. Bothwell St., please forward this information. We will be thrilled to weave it into the information we have to be able to accumulate...and add it to this page. The above information was obtained from the Palatine Historical Associations, 'Walking Tours of Historic Buildings'-Tour B, Prepared By Ray Mills and Florence Parkhurst, Images of America PALATINE Illinois, available through the Palatine Historical Society, as well as conversation with Marilyn Pedersen of the Palatine Historical Society.