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Historic Preservation Commission
Historic Designated Homes

Homes on this list are designated as historic landmarks within the City of Washington because of architecture, historical events taking place, historic figures visiting/owning, or any other historic connection to Washington. 

To be selected, the home must be nominated by either the home owner, Historic Preservation Committee, or a City Council Member. A short application is required, along with any documentation on the home's history. The home must then be approved by the Council for Historic Designation.

For more information, please contact the City of Washington. Click here for ordinance information, and here for an official application

~ Historic Homes ~Listed in age order

105 Zinser  Dr. Harley Zinser Home ~ Est. 1858 ~

Constructed in 1958, the home of Dr. Zinser features a Greek Revival structure and was designed to be a single family home with an office in the east parlor. Additions to the home were added later in sometime in the 1880's and early 1900's.

Today, after careful restoration, it is the headquarters for the Washington Historical Society and was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. 

Click here for a feature story done on the home.

109 Burton  Hiram Price Home   ~ Est. 1867 (approx)

Although exact building records are questionable, the home at 109 Burton was originally built at 102 Burton in 1867 with an Italianate Structure by Hiram Price. Price served as Mayor of Washington from 1899-1901. In 1915, the home was purchased and moved to 109 Burton by Henry Denhart which later accommodated the First National Bank's Money Store. 

After some renovations in recent years, the house still stands as a single family home in Washington.

Click here to read a story by the PJStar. 

116  N. Elm    ~ Est. 1898 or 1906

The exact age of this historic home is unknown, however it is believed to have been constructed in either 1898 or 1906. It is a foursquare house and has been well-preserved over the years. Its past owners have included two Washington Mayors: John G. Gorin and Richard F. Tanton. 

Click here to read a story by the Peoria Journal Star.
Click here for another article by the Peoria Journal Star.

307 E. Jefferson - Israel Zinser Home  ~ Est. 1878

Moving his family to Washington to become the City's primary pharmacist, Israel Zinser built this house in 1878 for his family. The home has kept the same look and feel as it did in its day for over 130 years, the only exception being the porch that was added to the home in the early 20th century. 

The home remains in the Zinser family, as it has for five generations. 

Click here to read more.
Click here to read an article by the Peoria Journal Star.

312 Market  Holland Home ~Est. Mid-1800's

Like many historic homes, the exact date of construction on the home at 312 Market is hard to place. It is said to have been constructed in the mid-1800's, however building records show a permit issued for the home in 1898. Still, the home has some pretty big historic significance for Washington, with its history dating back to the Matthew Holland, son of Hollands Grove Founder (later re-named to Washington), William Holland.

Click here to read a feature story done on the home.