More of St. Charles set to be registered in National Historic Re -

More of St. Charles set to be registered in National Historic Registry

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

( -- Tourism is big business for the city of St. Charles. Wednesday night it was revealed the city is taking its historic status a step further.

Leaders want another section of the city to be added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

On Main Street in downtown St. Charles, the buildings are protected by strict city codes part of the National Registry.

Looking to capitalize on the historic draw, city officials are working to get the Midtown neighborhood added to the list.

Brenda Rubach has been working for more than three years to research and investigate every building in the city’s Midtown district.

The area is full of historic homes of all kinds, and a great majority have historical significance.

“Many of them are examples of national architectural style,” she said. “Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne- things like that.”

With the final phase of research complete the next step for Rubach is to apply to get Midtown on the NRHP.

Residents want to know what the change would mean for a homeowner living in Midtown?

“The National Registry list does not put any restrictions whatsoever on what a property owner can do,” she said. “They can even demolish a home however the local registration does have control over that.”

Additionally, Rubach says some people may actually save money if they take advantage of the tax credits that come with being on the registry. 

The area impacted roughly covers Kingshighway from First Capital Drive up to Clark and over to North Second Street. A full map can be found here. 

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