Pere Marquette rehab being recognized

Oct 7, 2014

Efforts to rehabilitate a more than 85-year old local hotel are being recognized by a statewide organization. Landmarks Illinois announced the Pere Marquette Hotel will receive its President’s Award at a ceremony in November. The group advocates for the protection of historic properties in Illinois.

The historic Pere Marquette underwent more than 40-million dollars in renovations and included the restoration of original spaces within the building, including the ballrooms and presidential suite. The project was partially paid for through the creation of a state historic tax credit. It is also now linked to the recently opened Marriott Courtyard Hotel.  

The Pere will receive 500-dollars and a trophy November 1st in Chicago along with eight other winners.

The other winners include:

John Deere historic site celebrates milestone

May 7, 2014

John Deere's first home in Illinois is celebrating an important milestone. The John Deere Historic Site near Dixon opened last weekend for its 50th year as a historic and educational attraction. 

Peoria’s Kickapoo Building gets national recognition

Feb 13, 2014
Peoria Historical Society

A more than 100-year-old building in Peoria is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kickapoo Building on Main Street is an example of flatiron building that’s designed to use as much space as possible.  The triangular share of the building currently houses Thirty-Thirty Coffee and a dry cleaner business.  Properties on the national registry can also qualify for financial incentives.