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Pure Oil building nominated for National Register

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Pure Oil building, which was built in 1937, has been nominated to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has applied for the iconic structure at 502 W. State St. to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Geneva Historic Preservation Commission will review the request at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St.

Comments regarding the nomination must be submitted by the city of Geneva before the hearing of the case by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council on Feb. 22. The Pure Oil station is within the Geneva Historic District.

The city staff is supporting the nomination as a “logical step in the preservation of the landmark structure,” a report stated.

“Once approved by the National Park Service, the nomination will afford significant tax credits to the project owner for certified rehabilitation work,” the report stated.

Developer Joe Stanton last fall sold the properties at 502 and 514 W. State St. to St. Charles Bank & Trust for $2.25 million. The aldermen previously had approved a special use permit to allow St. Charles Bank and Trust to turn the Pure Oil building’s service bays into the bank’s drive-thru lanes.

The Pure Oil building had been the subject of controversy when an earlier proposal included razing the building.

The Historic Preservation Commission had voted not to allow it, which was backed by an earlier council vote. The revised plan won the backing of the historic commission.

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