NORMAL — A town board has signed off on an application to add Normandy Village to the National Register of Historic Places, clearing the way for state and federal approval and potential grants for renovations.
Normal's Historic Preservation Commission approved the application Tuesday, sending it to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council for consideration.
That process takes at least 90 days and would be followed by a National Park Service review of up to 45 days, according to the service's website.
Property owners Bob Broad and Julie Hile are pushing the application, which would honor an eight-cottage section of the former Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School campus and allow them to apply for federal grants toward renovations — like recent work done on one of the cottages for the new Bloom Community School.
“It was a pretty feel-good sort of affair,” said Taylor Long, the town's associate planner, of Tuesday's meeting. "The commission expressed appreciation for what the Hile-Broads had done."
Long said local historian Ruth Cobb, who assisted with the application, thanked the commission for its support Tuesday and said she enjoyed learning more about the property through the process. She worked on a book about ISSCS, "A Place We Called Home," that published in 2007.
Established in 1865 in what is now northeast Normal, ISSCS began as a home and school for children of disabled and deceased Civil War veterans. After housing and educating children for more than a century, the facility closed in 1979.
The register already includes several Twin City locations, including Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal.