Historic District

Example of exterior brickwork

National Register of Historic Places Designation

The Downtown Momence Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. There are 50 contributing buildings in the district, representing the historic integrity and reflecting the character of the district during the period of significance (circa 1849-1956). Contributing buildings within the Downtown Momence Historic District are eligible for federal historic preservation tax incentives, including the 20% Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

Buildings in the historic district are of the following styles: Commercial, Italianate, Classical Revival, Queen Anne, Richardsonian, Romanesque and Colonial Revival. There are also numerous examples of hydraulically pressed brick and Momence-made Tiffany glazed brick.Old street scene Many storefronts are made of cast iron, often with decorative transom glass. Some upper stories have Mesker sheet metal trimmings.

Securing a National Register of Historic Places designation for Momence's traditional commercial district was a project of the MSM Design Committee.

See the original application

National Register Ceremony

Recent Events

Bordertown Haunting Hayride
October 28th

Bordertown Hauntings

The annual downtown trick-or-treating event saw hundreds of visitors brave the cold in order to participate in activities such as cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, and the haunted house.

Auctioneer Bill Phelps
April 30th

Community Auction

The Annual Community Auction featured all kinds of treasures that were taken home by their new owners. Auctioneers Bill Phelps and Danny Loftus made sure of that!

Cruise Night on Washington Street
May - August

Cruise Nights

Washington Street Downtown once again came alive with antique and unique "Cool Cars under the Stars" throughout the summer. The public came out to browse, listen to the music, eat some great food, and take a chance on the split the pot drawings held at each event.


Santa and Mary Cantwell singing.

Christmas Gathering

Saturday, December 2nd

Next up - This annual Holiday event features the downtown brimming with Holiday Cheer - with special guest Santa and his reindeer, camel rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, craft shows, and lots more activities for young and old alike. Beautifully decorated store windows in the theme "Christmas Blessings" and the community Christmas Tree warmly welcome visitors to this Momence Holiday Tradition.