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Lake Forest area added to National Register of Historic Places

Updated: January 15, 2013 11:24AM

LAKE FOREST — The West Park Neighborhood Historic District has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The agency said the neighborhood was designed in 1907 by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, and provided affordable housing and green space for middle class workers who supported wealthy communities nearby.

The historic district is roughly bounded by Green Bay Road, Westminster Avenue, Oakwood Avenue and Atteridge Road. It includes more than 130 homes, most built between 1907 and the 1930s.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

Thousands of Illinois historic and prehistoric places have been designated and each year more places are added by applicants who want the prestige, financial benefits and protections that National Register designation provides.

Every Illinois county has at least one property or historic district listed in the National Register. In general, properties have to be more than 50 years old to be eligible. Listing on the National Register places no obligations on private property owners, but does make properties eligible for some financial incentives.

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