Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke

Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette (bit.ly/1HB0pzJ ) reports that the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he & brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.

The star of "Mary Poppins" & television's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" recalled the "happy memories drifting around in there" in a tweet to his 85,200 followers.

p>Van Dyke told the (Danville) Commercial-News (http://bit.ly/1f9iFpq ) he'd like to know if the home is fixable.

"If it could be fixed maybe we could do something like take a collection up or something," he said. "Danville is my home & I do still care."

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city didn't know the Van Dyke connection when it condemned the house in December. The property's last owner died in 2011.

Eisenhauer expressed a willingness to donate the property as part of a prospective rehabilitation project, should the city eventually gain ownership.

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This story has been corrected to include the full name of "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

Source: “Associated Press”