Central Geneva Historic District

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Central Geneva Historic District
Kane Co Courthouse.JPG
Kane County Courthouse, part of the historic district
Central Geneva Historic District is located in Illinois
Central Geneva Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Fox River, South, 6th and W. State Sts., Geneva, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′8″N 88°18′30″W / 41.88556°N 88.30833°W / 41.88556; -88.30833Coordinates: 41°53′8″N 88°18′30″W / 41.88556°N 88.30833°W / 41.88556; -88.30833
Area 67 acres (27 ha)
Architectural style Greek Revival, Italianate, Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 79000845[1]
Added to NRHP September 10, 1979

The Central Geneva Historic District is a set of 102 buildings and structures in Geneva, Illinois. Of those, 68 contribute to the district's historical integrity. The district is representative of southern Geneva, south of Illinois Route 38. Among the noted buildings is the Kane County Courthouse and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed P. D. Hoyt House. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

History[edit]

Location of the Central Geneva Historic District (green outline) within Geneva. The adjacent North Geneva Historic District is outlined in blue to the north.

The Central Geneva Historic District principally consists of land from the original platted settlement, now the southern half of the town. It is primarily residential, but does have a commercial sector lining W. State Street (Illinois Route 38). Among the public buildings are a public library, city hall, and county courthouse. The only other major road intersecting the district is S. First Street (Illinois Route 31). Most houses are two-story frame residences built between 1840 to 1900, principally from a vernacular style. Geneva's later identification as a scenic shopping area encouraged the city to invest in the restoration of several structures. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1979.[2]

Notable properties[edit]

Geneva Unitarian Church, cited as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture.

The nomination form for the historic district singles out several properties that are particularly representative of mid- to late- 19th century architectural styles[2]

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