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Downtown Urbana Added To National Register of Historic Places

US Post Office, Urbana
Urbana's Post Office was designed by Oscar Wenderoth and was completed in 1914.

URBANA – For decades, the people of Urbana have marveled at the architecture of the county courthouse, built in 1901, and dozens of other buildings in its downtown. Now the historic downtown district is receiving national recognition.

This week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the Downtown Urbana Historic District is one of 12 Illinois sites added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Downtown Urbana Historic District
Downtown Urbana Historic District Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

A press release from the IDNR says there are 41 historical properties throughout the historic district, including the courthouse, the Urbana Free Library and former U.S. Post Office. Other businesses represent 19th and 20th century architectual styles including Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Classical Revival, and Tudor Revival. 

Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places means qualify for federal grants or consideration during federal project planning. Also the sites become eligible for some tax provisions.

The 12 sites across Illinois added to the national register include:

University of Illinois graduate Joseph Royer designed the Champaign County Courthouse, built in Urbana in 1901. Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom
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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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