City of Springfield, Illinois

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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 the Office of Planning and Economic Development at info.OPED@springfield.il.us or call 217.789.2377.


    Guidelines and Incentives

    Resources

Historic Sites Commission

You can find the Historic Sites Commission in the list on the Boards and Commissions page.

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 fbutterfield@landmarks.org.

    Gallery of Historical Sites

Adams House

  2315 Clear Lake Avenue, Springfield, IL

Known today as the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Adams House and surrounding woodland has been a fixture on Springfield’s east side for nearly...
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Adams Wildlife Preserve

  2315 Clear Lake Avenue, Springfield, IL

Known today as the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Adams House and surrounding woodland has been a fixture on Springfield’s east side for nearly...
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Allen Miller House

  511 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

This home is named for Allen Miller, a contemporary and neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Miller was a wealthy local dealer in leather, stoves...
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Bell Miller Apartments

  835 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL

Miss Bell Miller, born in 1870, was one of Springfield’s first professional businesswoman. At a young age, she started her own floral business...
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Benjamin S. Edwards Place

  700 North 4th Street, Springfield, IL

Edwards Place is the oldest house on its own grounds in Springfield, and for well over a century has been prominent in the cultural life of the...
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Bernard Stuve House

  526 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

Dr. Bernard Stuve and his wife Mary received the home at 526 South Seventh Street as a gift from his father. Mary was the daughter of Judge...
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Booth-Grunendike Mansion

  500 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL

The Booth-Grunendike Mansion is perhaps the best remaining example of Second Empire residential style architecture in Springfield. The 5000...
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Robert Bullard House

  1313 Leland Avenue, Springfield, IL

This house was designed and owned by Robert A. Bullard, a noted Springfield architect who also designed the Springfield’s City Hall, the Unity...
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Bunn-Sankey House

  1001 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL

The George W. Bunn House at 1001 South Sixth Street was built in the Queen Anne (Half-Timbered) style in 1883 for Sara Bunn Jones and her...
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Camp Lincoln Commissary Building

  1301 North MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL

Built in 1903, the Camp Lincoln Commissary Building, or “The Castle” as it is commonly referred to, is the oldest permanent building remaining...
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Charles Arnold House

  810 East Jackson Street, Springfield, IL

Charles Arnold, A political ally of Abraham Lincoln, resided at 500 S. 8th Street from 1850-1879. He served twice as the County Sheriff on the...
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Charles Corneau House

  426 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The Corneau House was constructed ca. 1849. Charles Corneau was a Springfield druggist. A portion of the Corneau fence appears in an 1860 photo...
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Chatterton Place

  125 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL

The building at 121 South 5th Street was build for Chatterton’s Jewelry Store in 1853. The building is significant under Springfield’s Landmark...
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Clarkson W. Freeman House

  704 West Monroe Street, Springfield, IL

Listed on the National Register, the Freeman-Hughes House was built in 1878. The two-story structure is typical of vernacular interpretations of...
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Claus Grocery Store

  1700 South 11th Street, Springfield, IL

The Claus Grocery Store was built in 1905 by Joe Claus. It is a rectangular, one story, clapboard sided frame building with a gable roof. The store...
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Congressman James M.Graham House

  413 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The Italianate home at 413 South Seventh Street is named for United States Congressman James Graham who resided there from 1897 until 1945. He...
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Constant & Groves Chevrolet Building

  425 South 4th Street, Springfield, IL

The pair of buildings at 425-431 S. 4th Street is of outstanding significance in interpreting Springfield’s transportation history as it relates...
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Cook House

  508 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The Cook House was constructed ca. 1850s with subsequent additions in the 1880s. In 1860, the house was rented by Mrs. Sarah Cook, a widow, who...
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Cranmer-Cook House

  926 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The John Cranmer Cook House was built by Charles Broeker in 1877, who sold it a few years later to Samuel H. Jones, maternal grandfather of Susan...
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Dana-Thomas House

  301 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL

The Dana-Thomas House (built 1902-04) is an expression of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style. Built in Springfield, Illinois for patron...
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Decker House

  303 South Glenwood Avenue, Springfield, IL

This 1864 Italianate style house is likely the oldest structure in the Doyle Subdivision that resulted from Springfield’s western expansion in the...
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Elijah Iles House

  628 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The Elijah Iles House was built about 1837 and is Springfield’s oldest house. There is evidence that it was designed by the same architect who...
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Executive Mansion

  410 East Jackson Street, Springfield, IL

The work of one of Illinois’ most important early architects, John M . Van Osdel (1811-1891), Illinois’ Executive Mansion was first occupied by...
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Fisher-Latham Building

  113 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL

The Fisher/Latham Building represents a once-common, but now comparatively rare style—the mid 19th Century classically-inspired commercial...
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George M. Brinkerhoff House

  1500 North 5th Street, Springfield, IL

The Brinkerhoff House, located at 1500 North Fifth Street, is one of Springfield's most significant Italianate mansions. Commissioned by George...
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Grant Store / Harts’ Block

  225 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL

Designed in the Italianate style and built circa 1868 for Springfield businessman Peter Harts, only the two south storefronts are landmarked...
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Harriet Dean House

  421 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The Dean House was constructed ca. 1850s. In 1860, the house was owned and occupied by Harriet Dean, a divorcee who was involved in teaching and...
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Henson Robinson House

  520 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

Built 1863-1866, the house was the residence of Henson Robinson, a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. Robinson was a partner in a Springfield business...
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Hoogland Center for the Arts

  420 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL

The building at 420 South Sixth received landmark status from the City of Springfield because of what the building has added to the richness of...
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Howard K. Weber House

  925 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The Howard K. Weber House is an example of Italianate architecture as interpreted on the main streets of America. It is important to the city...
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Illinois Hotel

  401 East Washington Street, Springfield, IL

The Illinois Hotel Building was constructed in 1903 on the site of the former Chenery House Hotel, where the Lincoln family once lived. The...
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Illinois State Armory

  111 East Monroe Street, Springfield, IL

Built in 1936, the exterior facades and the interior gathering space have been changed very little since its construction. The structure is...
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Illinois State Capitol

  2nd & Capitol, Springfield, IL

Arguably the most important building in Springfield, the impressive dome of the Illinois State Capitol Building rising 361 feet above the ground...
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The INB Center - The CILCO Building

  322 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL

Circa 1924 - The Central Illinois Light Company Building is a rectangular block lot 80 feet by 100 feet three story Classical Revival building...
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James Morse House

  818 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL

Circa 1855 - The James Morse House was home to Mr. James Morse and family from 1855-1880. The house is on the grounds of the Lincoln Home...
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Jennings Ford Building

  431 South 4th Street, Springfield, IL

The Jennings Ford automobile dealership biding at 431 S. 4th Street is almost completely original in appearance. The building is sited on the...
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Jessie K. DuBois House

  519 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

Built in 1859, the house was the residence of Jesse K. DuBois until 1864. DuBois was State Auditor and a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. He was also...
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John L. Lewis House

  1132 West Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL

The John L. Lewis home is a two and a half story vernacular structure with a hipped roof pierced by a single dormer window. The façade has a...
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Julia Sprigg House

  507 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The home at 507 South Eighth Street is renowned less for its architectural elements than for its association with the Lincoln family. In 1853...
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K-Mart/Kresge Building

  131 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL

The Kresge Building at 127-131 South 5th Street represents the architectural style of Art Deco. This style was popular between 1925-1935...
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Kirlin Building

  107 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The Kirlin Building was constructed to take advantage of the expanding central business district. Built in 1889, this one story building...
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Lanphier Building

  421 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL

Circa 1870-1884 - The Lanphier Building is a two story structure that features decorative stone lintels with a brick and molded metal cornice...
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Lincoln Colored Home

  427 South 12th Street, Springfield, IL

The Lincoln Colored Home is in a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood bordering on the east edge of the downtown area. It is a...
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Lincoln-Herndon Law Office

  6th & Adams Street, Springfield, IL

Only about one-quarter of the original building that Seth M. Tinsley erected for a store in 1840-41 remains standing. The original...
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

  8th & Jackson, Springfield, IL

The Lincoln Home was constructed in 1839 and was enlarged to two stories in 1855. Abraham Lincoln, a prominent attorney and politician...
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Lincoln Tomb

  Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL

From a design submitted by sculptor Larken G. Mead, Lincoln’s Tomb was constructed from 1869-1874 at a cost of $180,000. Due to...
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Lyon / Rosenwald House

  413 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The Lyon House was constructed ca. 1850s. In 1860, the house was occupied by Henson Lyon, his son Thomas, Huldah Burge and her three...
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Nelson Building

  117 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

The Nelson Building remains an excellent example of a typical late Italianate storefront that was prevalent in 19th century American...
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Old South Town Theater Marque

  1110 South Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL

The South Town Theater opened circa 1915 as the Empress Theater in the developing commercial center called South Town, near the intersection...
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Old State Capitol

  One Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL

Designed by local architect, J. F. Rague, the Old State Capitol was built of local stone from 1837 to 1853 for $260,000. With its majestic...
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Old Statehouse Inn

  101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL

Circa 1961-The State House Inn represents the first example of a true Motor hotel in downtown Springfield. The structure was designed...
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Pasfield House

  404 West Jackson Parkway, Springfield, IL

In 1896, George Pasfield Jr. (1870-1930) began building a Georgian-Revival Mansion overlooking a large wooded estate where his family...
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Price / Wheeler House

  618 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL

Built in 1899, this building is a fine example of classical revival residential architecture as interpreted in Springfield at the...
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Rippon-Kinsella Home

  1317 North 3rd Street, Springfield, IL

This grand house on the city’s north side was constructed about 1870 by Springfield industrialist John Rippon, Jr. It was built...
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Schnepp Block

  314 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL

At the time of its construction in 1912 the Schnepp Building or “Block,” as it was then referred to, was the largest building of its...
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Shutt House

  525 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

Built prior to 1859, the house was rented to lawyer George Shutt in 1860. Although a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln, Shutt supported...
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Solomon Allen Barn

  530 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

Solomon Allen, a gunsmith, owned and lived in a house on the property in the 1850’s & 1860’s. Allen was a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln...
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St. Nicholas Hotel

  400 East Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL

The St. Nicholas Hotel is located on the southeast corner of Fourth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Springfield. The original...
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The Wetterer-Hodde House

  1004 Williams Blvd., Springfield, IL

The Wetterer-Hodde House located at 1004 Williams Boulevard was built in 1925. The Italian Revival style home located in the Washington...
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Vachel Lindsay Bridge

  Lake Springfield, Springfield, IL

The Vachel Lindsay Memorial Bridge joins East and West Lake Drives at Recreation Point. The Bridge was built in 1933 and 1934 to simulate...
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Vachel Lindsay Home

  603 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL

Home of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, the “Prairie Troubadour”, who won fame in the early decades of the twentieth century for his style...
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Virgil Hickox House

  518 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL

Circa 1839 The Virgil Hickox House was built on land purchased from Paschal P. Enos in 1839. There have been numerous additions to...
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William Beedle House

  411 South 8th Street, Springfield, IL

The Beedle House was constructed ca. 1840. In 1860, William H. Beedle and his servant, Kate Tierney were living at this address...
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Witmer-Schuck Building

  630 East Washington Street, Springfield, IL

The Witmer/Schuck Building at the southwest corner of Seventh and Washington streets, was built by Daniel Witmer in 1867. Witmer, a...
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Young Women's Christian Association

  421 East Jackson Street, Springfield, IL

The Young Women’s Christian Association building is located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Jackson Streets in downtown...
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Zimmerman Paint Store Building

  417 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL

Circa 1860-1870-The Zimmerman Paint Store Building is a four story building with brick façade and brick corbelling at the cornice...
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