Rollo church among Illinois sites added to National Register of Historic Places

Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ

Church built in 1913 has elements of the Romanesque Revival style

SPRINGFIELD – Thanks to the efforts of historic preservation advocates in Illinois, 12 sites in the state were added to the National Register of Historic Places during 2019, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced recently.

The places recognized are located throughout the state and include a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a stone wine cellar, and three historic districts that, when combined, include more than 60 significant properties.

Among the sites added to the National Register of Historic Places is the Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ north of Earlville in DeKalb County, listed Aug. 27, 2019.

The Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ is a good example of a side steeple vernacular church with elements of the Romanesque Revival style. Completed in 1913, the church was designed by a small group of church members. The church was constructed with volunteer labor, which was supervised by an experienced local builder hired for the project. Presently, the church remains in excellent condition with no new additions and most of the work completed in the building having only been done for maintenance purposes.

Historic places are added to the National Register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the IDNR.

"Each of these places tells a unique story that is a part of the rich fabric of Illinois history," said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. "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 properties that merit special attention and preservation. Every Illinois county has at least one property or historic district listed in the National Register. Together, they represent a cross section of the Prairie State's history from its early settlement to the mid-20th century.

In general, properties must be more than 50 years old to be eligible for the National Register. A listing places no obligations on private property owners but does make properties eligible for some financial incentives.

Other 2019 additions to the National Register from Illinois include:

  • Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium District, Chicago, Cook County

Listed Sept. 26, 2019

  • Copley Hospital, Aurora, Kane County

Listed April 18, 2019

  • Louis Fredrick House Barrington Hills, Lake County

Listed June 24, 2019

  • The Forum, Chicago, Cook County

Listed April 16, 2019

  • Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles, Cook County

Listed April 17, 2019

  • Lilacia Park Historic District, Lombard, DuPage County

May 9, 2019

  • Alton Gas and Electric Powerhouse, Alton, Madison County

Listed Aug. 28, 2019

  • Downtown Urbana Historic District, Urbana, Champaign County

Listed Aug. 27, 2019

  • Hunziker Winery Site, Warsaw, Hancock County

Listed Nov. 18, 2019

  • Paris High School and Gymnasium, Paris, Edgar County

Listed April 16, 2019

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