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Western Springs Historical Society Biennial Preservation Awards

Are you proud of your home? Is there a special old home or building in town that you have always admired? If so, we welcome your nominations for the 2016 Historic Preservation Awards.

Nominations will be accepted during the month of February for the Society’s Biennial Preservation Awards. The awards, which the Historical Society has been giving since 1996, recognize owners of homes or businesses in Western Springs for their commitment to maintaining the architectural and historic integrity of Western Springs. Only the building’s exterior is considered, and judges use criteria that have been established by the US Department of the Interior and are recommended by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Awards are given in three categories: Preservation/Exterior Rehabilitation, Compatible Addition, and Good Neighbor. For the Preservation and Compatible Addition categories houses must be at least 50 years old. The final category, The Good Neighbor Award, is for a new structure, either residential or commercial, that fits the scale and historic style of Western Springs. Winners will be announced on May 1st at the Historical Society’s MayFest at Tower Green. More information on the criteria for each category may be found here.

Anyone may nominate a structure in any of the three categories. Forms are available at the WSHS Water Tower Museum from 10-12 on Saturdays, the Thomas Ford Memorial Library, and the Western Springs Recreation Center, and are also available for download from our website.

Download a copy of the nomination form here.

Entries must be received by February 29, 2016.