Downtown Delavan, Illinois

Inspired by Philadelphia, and similar to downtown St. Louis, the streets of Delavan are named after trees; the main street of the town is Locust Street.

What a stunning downtown Delavan has, complete with several National Register storefronts. The level of occupancy is high as well, with few empty buildings.

This street has some of the best preserved Italianate storefronts I’ve ever seen, and many of them have been painted in accurate 19th Century color schemes.

The south side of downtown is dominated by the large grain elevator, a landmark in many small towns.

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