Historic Preservation Commission

West First St. in 1911 (above). West First St. in 2011 (below).

Welcome to our Historic Preservation web page!

The Dixon Historic Preservation Commission is appointed by the Dixon City Council to encourage and provide assistance to property owners in the newly-designated Downtown Historic District before changes are made.

Partnering with Dixon Main Street, our goal is to promote excellence of design and development, provide beneficial services, and encourage development in harmony with the original architecture.

Dr. Carol Krueger
Michael Cleary
Geoff Vanderlin
Tom Houck


our email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
our phone: (815) 288-1403
our FAX:  (815) 288-1022

pdf Letter to Property Owners (5.83 MB)

pdf Case for Esthetics (551 KB)

pdf Map of Historic Downtown District (656 KB)

pdf Historic Preservation Guidelines (25.76 MB)

pdf Application for Exterior Design Alteration Review (8 KB)

pdf Application for Historic Recognition (12 KB)

pdf Anatomy of a Main Street Building (161 KB)

pdf Historic Preservation Financial Incentives (78 KB)

pdf Historic Preservation Ordinance (102 KB)

For a "Post Card" history of Dixon, click on any image below for enlarged pictures and slideshow.

119 113 South Dement AvBeier BakeryChicago Northwestern DepotCity Hall

Dixon CollegeDixon High School and BridgenewDixon High SchoolDixon  Theatre 1924

Dixon Public LibraryDixon YMCAElks HomeFirst Street Looking East

Galena BridgeGalena Avenue Looking NorthHazelwood Log CabinHotel Dixon

Illinois CentralJohn DeereKSB HospitalLee County Court House

Loveland Community HouseMethodist ChurchNachusa House GuestsNachusa Tavern

Old Settlers Log CabinRock River Assembly GroundsSandusky Portland Cement CoSt Paul

Watson Plummer Shoe CoWoodcote at Lowell ParkWell-House-at-Lowell-ParkFirst Street Arch Streetcar

Reagan Boyhood Homethumb Roper Furniture Factorythumb Rock River Viewthumb Roc River Boatride

thumb Galena Ave Looking North2thumb First Street Looking Westthumb Bluebird HotelBordens Plant

thumb North Dixon HSthumb Dixon Country Clubthumb Dam Power House 1926thumb Truesdell Bridge Disaster

thumb Boys Dorm Dixon College

thumb First Baptist Churchthumb Fishing on the Rockthumb Rock River Military Academythumb Dixon National Bank

1911 View of West First Street
2011 View of West First Street

 ReagansVisitsm                                      Reagan's 1984 Visit to His Boyhood Home