Palestine Commercial Historic District

101--223 and 106--322 S. Main St., Palestine, Illinois

"The Pioneer City" - Chartered in 1811, one of the oldest cities in Illinois

Photos 

Looking South Through the District

Photo taken by J.R. Manning November 2017

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Map 

Description 

The city website says it was named "Palestine" by French explorer Jean LaMotte in 1678 because it reminded him of the "Land of Milk and Honey."

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 1995
Reference number
95000985
Architectural styles
Victorian; American Movement: Early Commercial; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution; Meeting hall; Theater; Music facility
Current functions
Restaurant; Meeting hall; Music facility; Specialty store; Warehouse; Business; Professional
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 24
Non-contributing buildings: 6

Update Log 

  • December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs

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