By Anne Eickstadt

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
This year’s Historic Preservation Awards on display for the ceremony at the Funderburg House.

The presentation and celebration of the 2022 Historic Preservation Achievement Awards took place at the Funderburg House, 605 N. State St., on Thursday, Nov. 3. 54 people attended the ceremony hosted by the Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission comprised of Sonya Dobberfuhl – Chair, Claudia Colla – Vice-Chair, Sandie Omiotek, Dawn Brooks, and David Larson.

The purpose of the Historic Property Maintenance Program is to help preserve and enhance the beauty of historically landmarked properties in the City of Belvidere. This program was developed to assist property owners with some of the expenses for exterior projects at their homes and/or businesses.

The recipients of a 2022 Historic Property Maintenance Program Grant are:

McClenthen, 46 W. Hurlbut Ave.

Gustafson, 406 S. State St.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St.

Burch, 115 W. Lincoln Ave.

Properties which receive this award must be a locally or nationally registered historical landmark or be a part of a historic district. The repairs and renovations must be approved by the Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission. Tis program is for exterior projects only, including exterior painting, restore/repair of windows/doors, porch renovation, masonry and carpentry restoration, and other facade work.

Achievement Awards:

Sophia Zisis, 405 E. Lincoln Ave.

Continued Excellence Awards:

Karen Kramer, 1039 Maple Ave.

Derek and Barbara Volk, 523 W. Lincoln Ave.

The Worrell Family, 1212 N. Main St.

Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program:

The Downtown Façade Improvement Program was approved on May 6, 2019 per Resolution 2097-2019. The grant is designed to enhance the overall appearance and image of Belvidere’s Downtown Historic Districts. The City of Belvidere will provide matching grants to encourage façade improvements of storefronts in the downtown area. Under the program, building/business owners are eligible for up to the lesser of 50 percent of the actual façade improvement costs, or the maximum amount allowed by the Belvidere City Council ($5000-$7500). If more applications are received than current funds will allow, the City reserves the right to prioritize the applications or prorate the funds awarded on the basis of location of the project, the extent of the work, the level of funding, and the relative impact of the proposed improvements on the area. This year, the City Council approved $27,256 in grant applications.

Organization Awards:

The Steam Plant Family Restaurant

2022 Priem Award:

Tom McMahon created the Boone County Now and Then Facebook page in 2013. The page allows Tom to

share his personal stories about the Belvidere community. The page is also a forum for residents (past and

present) to reminisce and ask questions.

The Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission would like to thank the Boone County Museum of History for allowing the use of the Funderburg House for this event, the Hidden Aerie for providing food and

beverages, and Sweet Magnolia’s Kitchen for providing desserts. The Commission also appreciates the sponsors for the Achievement Awards ad their contributions to the community.

If you are interested in serving on the Historic Preservation Commission, contact Gina DelRose at 815-547-7177 or for more information.

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