Three Illinois sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the additions may seem too common to be of historical significance – the North 8th Street Plaza in Pekin. Chris Wills of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the 1950 strip mall is the kind of structure which changed how people shopped in the middle of the 20th century.
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“Commerce has taken place in the center of the city and downtown,” Wills said. “But starting after World War 2, as automobiles became more common, shopping spread out throughout the community.”
The other additions include the Clay County Courthouse in Louisville, built in 1913, and an example of Classical Revival/Neo-Classic architecture common used for treasury buildings. The Peck and Hills Furniture Co. warehouse in Chicago also was added.