NEW - The West Loop-LaSalle Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 1, 2013.
This newly-listed National Register historic district (covering the historic West Loop and containing approximately 70 properties) is centered on LaSalle Street between the Chicago River and Van Buren Street and includes properties as far east as Dearborn St. and as far west as Franklin St. (A map and list of buildings in the historic district with “contributing / non-contributing” information can be found here.) The nomination was prepared by the architectural / preservation / planning firm of McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc., on behalf of the Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago.
Why did the City prepare a National Register nomination for the West Loop-La Salle Street Historic District?
The purpose of the nomination is to recognize the historic significance and importance of the West Loop’s historic buildings, as well as to qualify them for historic rehabilitation incentives. This nomination also complements the Loop Retail Historic District nomination, centered on State Street and Wabash Avenue, which was undertaken by the City and listed on the National Register in 2007.
What restrictions are placed on buildings in National Register districts? Will I have to get government permission to make changes to a building within the historic district?
National Register listing is primarily honorary. Unlike Chicago Landmark designation, it does NOT place any additional requirements or restrictions on private property owners. It does NOT involve any kind of mandatory building permit review by the City of Chicago. National Register listing would, however, encourage preservation through available preservation incentives and enhance public awareness of the West Loop’s historic significance.
What rehabilitation incentives are available for a building within the historic district?
National Register listing would qualify historic (termed “contributing”) buildings in the district for various rehabilitation incentives, should eligible property owners elect to participate in those programs—principally the 20% Federal rehabilitation tax credit program for commercial, industrial and rental residential properties.
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Information on the National Register of Historic Places - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Website
Information on preservation and rehabilitation incentives - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Website