As a participant in the Certified Local Government program, a goal is established to inventory all the structures in the city that are older than 50 years old, by professionals meeting the 36 CFR Part 61 requirements for the IHPA. The Commission will seek ongoing federal and state assistance in sharing in the costs when available. The purpose of the survey is to identify and document historic resources to help make well-informed decisions regarding the community’s historic resources; to identify properties or areas that qualify for landmark designation; to identify properties that are threatened or in deteriorating condition; to help provide information to educate the community of the significance and the value of the historic resources; and to provide a written history of the community’s assets for generations to come.
The entire priority area for intensive survey is the ten blocks north of the Kishwaukee River; the six blocks east and west of State Street on the north and the ten blocks south of the Kishwaukee River and the five blocks west of State Street; and six blocks south of the Kishwaukee River and the six blocks east of State Street. The north portion of the survey area contains approximately 375 acres with around 1093 sites; the south area is approximately 264 acres with 793 sites. It is estimated that the entire identified survey area will take fifteen to twenty years to complete. 
In January, 2012 a historic resource survey was conducted by Nick Dorochoff of Dorochoff Consulting LLC of areas in downtown Belvidere along North and South State Street. Approximately 160 buildings, sites and structures were surveyed and documented as a part of the Downtown Belvidere Revitalization Strategy.  

Historic Resources Survey Report 01.pdf
Historic Resources Survey Report 02.pdf
Historic Resources Survey Report 03.pdf
Historic Resources Survey Report 04.pdf
Historic Resources Survey Report 05.pdf
Historic Resources Survey Report 06.pdf

The phase I project, adjacent to the North State Street survey area was surveyed and documented in 2014.   The seventy-acre tract yielded 150 survey documents including monuments in Big Thunder Park. The historic context completed as part of the project highlighted the settlement patterns between the north and south survey areas. The consultants identified one National Register of Historic Places District encompassing a large portion of the survey area (112 contributing and 19 non-contributing structures), two possible local historic districts and 17 properties worthy of local historic landmark listing.