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Apartment Building in Peoria Among 25 Illinois Sites Added to National Historic Register

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency added 25 significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.  The list includes a historic apartment building on Main St. in Peoria. 

Agency officials announced Thursday that the sites include a farmhouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a manufacturing district in Chicago and a church that helped create Gospel music. 

The National Park Service makes the designations based on state agency recommendations. In addition to the 25 new locations, two existing sites had their designations expanded. 
Heidi Brown-McCreery is director of the Historic Preservation Agency. She says each sites "is part of the rich fabric of Illinois history."

This year's additions to the register include the Marquette Apartments, on the corner of Main and Perry in Peoria. The building, constructed in 1924, is representative of multiple-family housing built between the wars. It's the only building of its type in Peoria remaining from that period, the Historic Preservation Agency said.  The vacant Marquette Apartment building is undergoing a renovation to convert the building into office space and 30 apartment units.

Other sites include Big Woods School in Aurora; Bristol Congregational Church in Yorkville; Potter and Barker Grain Elevator in La Fox; Sloan House in Elmhurst; Freeport City Hall and Turkey Hill Grange Hall in Belleville. 

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