City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Historic Preservation

The Springfield Historic Sites Commission seeks to assist in preserving the landmarked buildings and historic properties that are important links to Springfield’s past and increase awareness of the need for historic preservation throughout the City.

Upon recommendation of the Historic Sites Commission and approval by the City Council, an owner of a property designated as a historic landmark, or lying within a designated historic district, may be eligible for additional assistance such as property tax rebates under §101.50 of the City Code.

For more information on the Springfield Historic Sites Commission, please contact Abby Powell at 217.789.2377 or email

African Thematic Survey

Fever River Research, along with the City of Springfield and IDNR, is conducting an architectural survey of a large section of Springfield's East Side. As part of the survey, we are developing a historic context statement entitled "the African American Experience in Springfield, IL." This statement will identify themes that have had a significant impact on the residents of the community, and to identify people, places and buildings once associated with those themes. The goal is to determine if a Multiple Property National Register of Historic Places nomination is warranted.

An overview of the project can be downloaded by clicking here.

Submit your insights here.


Historic Sites Commission

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Property owners may also be eligible to receive State and Federal incentives for rehabilitation of historic properties including property tax freezes and preservation tax credits.  For more information on these programs, visit the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s Financial Incentives website.

Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization founded in 1971, and is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation. The organization has established a variety of programs to facilitate, educate and promote historic preservation. Landmarks Illinois also maintains an extensive database of preservation resources, including incentives and grant, architects, consultants and other professional services.  For more information, contact Frank Butterfield, Director of the Springfield office at 217.836.2524 or