Peoria apartments among 25 Illinois sites added to historic register

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PEORIA — Marquette Building Apartments, 701 Main St., is among 25 Illinois properties added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced Thursday.

The three-story building at Main and Perry Avenue is being remodeled by Peoria developer Kert Huber. Work on the 1924 building — originally constructed by the same builder as the Hotel Pere Marquette and the Commerce Bank building — is expected to be completed by March, said Huber.

The Marquette Apartments represents multiple-family housing built between the two World Wars, noted the preservation agency. The only building of its type in Peoria remaining from that period, Marquette Apartments provided inexpensive housing for workers in the commercial, mercantile and government buildings of Peoria’s central business district, the agency reported.

The 18 efficiency apartments (to rent for $695 each) are historically accurate from the apartment style originally built in the 1920s, said Huber. “It’s been a unique building to work with,” he said.

Huber said eight one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom/two bath apartments also will be available at the site along with some office space.

Other historic sites recognized include a farmhouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Chicago manufacturing district, a one-room schoolhouse and a church that helped create modern gospel music.

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