A painting of the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro, Ill. It was one of 12 sites in the state to be added to the National Register of Historic Places this past year. | Courtesy of Jackson County
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) recently announced the state's additions to the National Register of Historic Places.
A total of 12 sites in the state were added to the national register last year. Among the sites were the Clay County Courthouse in Louisville, the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro, and the Peck and Hills Furniture Co. Warehouse in Chicago.
“We enjoy seeing the diverse history of Illinois represented in additions to the National Register," Interim Director of the IHPA Garth Madison said. "Each of these sites tells a unique story that is a part of the rich fabric of Illinois history."
The National Register is managed by the National Parks Service and takes recommendations for additions from state agencies tasked with historic preservation.
In order to be considered for the register, a building or sites must have been in existence for at least 50 years. Each newly added site will be featured on the agency’s social media presence. The agency states that there is at least one historic location representing all counties in Illinois. Sites represent time periods between the state’s early settlement up through the middle of the 1900s.