The Historic Sites Commission of Springfield has designated 66 buildings as having local historic significance. The commission’s primary goal is to increase awareness of the need for historic preservation, although designation as a historic site can also be helpful in obtaining economic incentives to preserve or rehabilitate a building.
The commission’s inventory includes a number of sites significant in Springfield’s Lincoln history, and therefore protected by state or federal authorities. However, designation as a city historic site carries no automatic protection against alteration or demolition.
Photos and capsule descriptions of buildings designated as city historic sites are on the Historic Sites Commission’s web page.
More information: For a discussion of the issues and some of the controversies surrounding historic preservation in Springfield, as well as more on the Springfield Historic Sites Commission, see Historic Preservation Association of Springfield.
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