23 Illinois Sites Added to National Register of Historic Sites

Located throughout Illinois, the National Register sites are recognized as part of the historic fabric of their communities. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IAPA) released the news on Monday, February 23: https://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/news/Pages/2014-National-Register.aspx. New sites added to the national registry include the brick-built railroad depot (http://www.nps.gov/liho/great-western-depot.htm) from which Abraham Lincoln waved good-bye as his train left Springfield, Illinois for Washington, D.C. in February 1861.

In a change of emphasis, the National Register has begun listing historic downtown community centers, including central-city blocks that are currently redeveloping themselves or hope to redevelop. Two Illinois downtowns, in East St. Louis and Elgin, are included in the 2015 listing. Elgin’s Downtown Historic District is acclaimed as showing off a transition in Illinois retail activity, from shop-front buildings built in the 1800s to department stores in the 1900s. The Associated Press and its partner, the “St. Louis Post-Dispatch,” describe 16 of the newly-listed sites: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/illinois-sites-joining-national-register-of-historic-places/article_830ff37a-388f-5461-8764-ba874be6fdd4.html

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