BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has added the Potter and Barker grain elevator in LaFox to the National Register of Historic Places, officials announced in a news release.
LaFox is an unincorporated area in Blackberry Township near Geneva.
The grain elevator was one of 25 sites – plus expansions – that were added throughout 2016, based on recommendations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which houses the state’s Historic Preservation Office, the release stated.
The grain elevator was built in 1868 and operated until 1945 and was significant for grain handling, which was an important commercial enterprise in the La Fox area, the release stated.
While the Potter and Barker grain elevator was moved 260 feet west from its original location, its current location is compatible with the property’s historical importance, the release stated.
A listing places no obligations on private property owners but does make properties eligible for some financial incentives, the release stated.
In general, properties have to be more than 50 years old to be eligible for the National Register, the release stated.
“Each of these sites tells a unique story that is a part of the rich fabric of Illinois history,” Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, stated in the release. “We are proud to work with local preservationists to obtain national recognition for these historic buildings and neighborhoods.”
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of sites that merit special attention and preservation, the release stated.
Every county in Illinois has at least one property or historic district listed in the National Register, representing a cross section of the Prairie State’s history from its early settlement to the mid-20th century.