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Illinois adds 30 sites to national historic register

MGN Online

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois officials say the state had 30 properties added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the number shows efforts paid off from historic preservation advocates across the state. The 30 sites were added throughout last year. The National Park Service added places to the register based on recommendations from the State Historic Preservation Office, which is part of the agency.

A local site added to the list is the Jacksonville Downtown Historic District in Morgan County. . The downtown endures as the heart of local commerce and community culture, with an intact collection of commercial buildings representing architectural styles from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. Most of the buildings within the district have Italianate and High Victorian Eclectic influences, but there are also examples of Romanesque Revival, Commercial Style, Classical Revival, and Modernism.

Properties must be more than 50 years old to be eligible for the register. Each county in Illinois has at least one property or historic district on the register.

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