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Illinois sites named to national historic register

This undated photo provided by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency shows the Pure Oil Station in Geneva. Located in Kane County, the building is in the Tudor Revival stye and is one of the more than two dozen Illinois buildings and downtown districts that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
This undated photo provided by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency shows the Pure Oil Station in Geneva. Located in Kane County, the building is in the Tudor Revival stye and is one of the more than two dozen Illinois buildings and downtown districts that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

SPRINGFIELD – More than two dozen Illinois buildings and downtown districts have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Twenty-three buildings and 11 historic districts were added to the register in 2013, according to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

They include everything from a mausoleum in Beecher and an East. St. Louis hotel to historic districts in Galena and Plainfield and a Chicago furniture factory.

Inclusion on the list means properties are deemed worthy of preservation and makes them eligible for financial incentives.

“[It] really drives home what a wonderful legacy we enjoy in Illinois,” said Amy Martin, who is the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “Preserving historic buildings and districts helps communities stay vibrant.”

The National Park Service added the sites to the register based on recommendations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Thousands of Illinois sites, representing each of the state’s 102 counties, are on the register.

Preservationists said saving historic sites is important to communities.

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Online: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Preserve/Pages/Places.aspx

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