State historic officials see how Hotel Pere Marquette utilized tax credits

By Marshanna Hester

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Officials from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency say they are impressed with renovations at the Hotel Pere Marquette.

A group toured the facility Wednesday, from the basement to the roof.

The historic Pere Marquette is the first in Illinois to benefit from a state historic tax credit program.

The project received $18 million in state and federal tax credits for preserving historic aspects, such as the iconic neon sign.

"To see that fully restored, it's just absolutely fantastic," said Carol Dyson, IHPA Chief Architect. "I think that really contributes to the community too because it's part of the legacy of this hotel and this community and the downtown."

Preservation officials say the warehouse district could be another area in Peoria to benefit from the state historic tax credit program.

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