Downtown Peoria Entered in the National Register of Historic Places
December 19, 2018 (PEORIA, IL) – The City of Peoria’s Downtown Peoria Historic District was entered in
the National Register of Historic Places in a letter dated December 17, 2018 from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office. The newly created district contains a 17-block area in the City of Peoria’s Central Business District. Roughly bounded by North William Kumpf Boulevard, Perry Avenue, Fulton, Fayette and Water Streets, the district is made up of Peoria’s earliest commercial developments dating from the city’s early growth period in the 1870s to the Post World War II urban renewal period. The district’s diverse architecture and continual building activity over the century demonstrates continued vibrancy and relevance of downtown Peoria as a commercial, governmental, and cultural center.
Mayor Ardis stated, “This distinction provides developers with the opportunity to take advantage of tax
credits that can rehab our historic properties for today’s market and provide new development,
attractions, and amenities to an area that is already seeing investment nearby in the Warehouse District.”
Listing on the National Register can encourage rehabilitation of historic property as it allows for a higher
percentage of federal tax credits than age-appropriate, non-historic property. Properties within the
Downtown Peoria Historic District also qualify within the River Edge Redevelopment Zone. Properties
with both designations may also qualify for a state historic tax credit.
For more information, contact City of Peoria Senior Urban Planner Kimberly Smith (309) 494-8612.