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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 12:04 am


Court and Karen Conn of Springfield know business. They own and operate the Inn at 835, Conn’s Catering, and La Vita Grand Day Spa, and they may soon have a fourth business to run. The Conns are seeking permits to turn the Obed and Isaac House, formerly known as the Maisenbacher House, into a restaurant and microbrewery. The couple bought the historic house in 2006 to save it from demolition, and they had it moved seven blocks to 503 S. Seventh St. The house was built by Isaac Lindsay with $650 that he borrowed from Abraham Lincoln, and it now sits on property once owned by Court Conn’s great-great grandfather, Obed Lewis.

Court Conn says they need to get permission from the city to implement diagonal parking, obtain landmark status from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and obtain a conditional use permit to use the house as a restaurant.

“If the moon is right and everything comes through, we’d like to start by the beginning of the year,” he says. “Of course, funding is still an issue because the banks are still tight (with lending). But the neighbors are supporting us, as well as the nearby church, Christ Church. Everybody is behind us, and this could be the catalyst for the development of something bigger, like a downtown arts district.”

Check out their progress at www.obedandisaacs.com.
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