The Village of Plainfield is proud of the fact that the National Park Service has named Plainfield’s Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. This prestigious honor makes Plainfield’s downtown one of only 22 downtowns in the State of Illinois on the National Register. This designation also creates the first National Register District in Plainfield. There are also three individual National Register landmarks in Plainfield including the Flanders House, Halfway House, and the Standard Oil Gasoline Station.

Plainfield’s National Register District runs along Lockport Street between Route 59 and James Street and includes 53 properties. Notable buildings such as the Plymouth Congregational Church, Clock Tower Building (Opera House), and Masonic Lodge are part of the district. The architecture in the district consists of a diverse variety of styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, and International. There are also vernacular house types like upright and wing, bungalows, American Foursquares, and vernacular 20th Century commercial structures. The broad range of styles, building types, and materials reflect over 100 years of development in the downtown from the 1840s through the 1960s.

The National Register designation reflects the Village Board’s commitment to preserving the best of Plainfield’s history. Over the past decade, the Village has invested a substantial amount in numerous façade restorations and the streetscape project which have assisted in the revitalization of the downtown. One of the major benefits of the new National Register District is the opportunity for property owners to seek up to a 20% tax credit for any historical rehabilitation of a commercial structure in the district.

With the National Register designation, Downtown Plainfield enters a new and exciting chapter in its long and rich history.  Click here to take a "walking tour" of Historic Downtown Plainfield.