Belvidere Gets Historic Preservation Grant

SPRINGFIELD (WIFR) -- Governor Pat Quinn has announced that 13 Illinois communities and one county have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of the Interior for historic preservation efforts ranging from restoring a Masonic temple to surveying historic buildings.

The communities, all of which have achieved Certified Local Government (CLG) status, will share more than $138,000 in federal funds.

“Illinois enjoys a rich heritage which our residents can experience every day. As Yogi Berra once noted, ‘You can observe a lot just by watching!” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This innovative partnership will help our sense of history come alive in 13 communities and one county, and I congratulate their local leaders on earning this grant.”

The grants go to: Belvidere, Columbia, Downers Grove, Edwardsville, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Jacksonville, Marshall, Maywood, Morrison, Ottawa, Springfield, Woodstock and Will County.

They were selected through a point-based merit review process. Projects must relate to historic preservation and could include planning, public education, workshops and heritage publications, cultural resource inventories and listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Federal grants pay for up to 70 percent of a project’s costs, with local funds making up the remainder.

“These grants will help identify and preserve cultural resources, improving the quality of life for current and future generations of Illinois citizens,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Certified Local Government grant program on behalf of the federal government.

Only communities that have achieved Certified Local Government status under the National Historic Preservation Act may apply for the grants. Those communities that have achieved this status are listed at To become a Certified Local Government, communities must establish a historic preservation commission, enforce legislation protecting historic properties and take an inventory of properties that may deserve protection.

“The program lets municipalities and counties participate as partners in state and federal preservation activities,” said Catherine O’Connor, administrator of the IHPA’s Certified Local Government program. “We focus our consulting and technical assistance on the 77 communities and counties that have earned CLG status, along with several others working toward that goal.”

FY 2013 Certified Local Government Grants

Belvidere – $7,000 grant for an intensive cultural resources survey of the original town, as stipulated by the Boone County Comprehensive Plan to raise public and governmental awareness of significant places in the community. Project Total $10,000.

Columbia -- $7,000 grant to develop the community’s first comprehensive plan, by identifying, cataloging and evaluating cultural resource landmarks. Project Total $10,000.

Downers Grove -- $15,000 grant to conduct an intensive historic resources survey to identify and document structures within the 225-acre historic “E.H. Prince Subdivision” area first platted in 1887. Project Total $30,000.

Edwardsville -- $14,164 grant to conduct survey and research activities leading to documentation for an updated and amended nomination of the Leclaire Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. Project Total $20,234.

Glen Ellyn -- $14,000 grant to conduct an Architectural Resources Survey of 860 residences of various styles within the town’s original boundaries. Project Total $20,000.

Glenview -- $3,018 grant to conduct a survey, public information and outreach campaign focused on “catalogue house” structures throughout the community. Project Total $4,312.

Jacksonville -- $11,550 grant to update the period of significance and incorporate additional structures into the existing National Register Historic District. Project Total $16,500.

Marshall -- $1,820 grant to update and reprint a walking /driving tour booklet of historic resources in Marshall’s original downtown. Project Total $2,600.

Maywood -- $5,000 grant to conduct architectural condition feasibility study to begin planning for restoration of the National Register-listed Mason’s Temple. Project Total $7,200.

Morrison -- $14,000 grant to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination to include 85 buildings within the central historic downtown. Project Total $20,000.

Ottawa -- $11,270 grant to conduct a historic resources survey for the west side of town, leading to public education and additional nomination for properties as local landmarks and to the National Register of Historic Places. Project Total $16,100.

Springfield -- $11,200 grant to evaluate and revise the boundaries and period of significance for the existing National Register of Historic Places document for the downtown Central Historic District. Project Total $16,000.

Will County -- $19,250 grant to conduct a rural historic resources survey for a significant portion of Peotone Township in advance of a road-building project that may potentially impact 65 identified historic sites. Project Total $27,500.

Woodstock -- $4,550 grant to produce a video about architectural significance of the Historic McHenry Courthouse and Jail to raise awareness and support for preservation and restoration. Project Total $6,500.