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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 02:45 pm


In Springfield, Abraham Lincoln reigns as king, but this year, during the city’s Historic Preservation Awards program, it’s modern-day Lincoln-era property owners who’ll receive a pat on the back.

The Springfield Historic Sites Commission on Oct. 10 will unveil its Lincoln Era Plaque Recognition Program, which includes the distribution of frame-worthy certificates to anyone who owns a structure that stood while Lincoln lived here, between 1837 and 1861.

Steve Myers, a member of commission, says there are about 100 such properties still standing. “It’s quite a smattering of different types of properties. Some are as small as the working men’s cottages that are in the Mid-Illinois Medical District on Mason Street and Reynolds Street.”

More obvious examples include the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, just south of the Old State Capitol, and the Edwards Place, owned by the Springfield Art Association, where this year’s awards program will be held.

The recognition program will also include an option for Lincoln-era property owners to purchase plaques designating their buildings as historically significant.

“This helps highlight exactly how many structures there are that still exist, Myers says. “I’m very thankful that there are that many and for the commitment that those property owners have taken on.”