Preservation Awards

Biennial Preservation Awards

The awards, which the Historical Society has been giving since 1996, recognize owners for restoring or preserving their residences while maintaining the architectural and historic integrity of the structure. Houses must be at least 50 years old for two categories and only the building’s exterior is considered. Judges use criteria that have been established by the US Department of the Interior and are recommended by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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.

The Historical Society appreciates the efforts by all homeowners to maintain their homes. A resident’s commitment to preserving their home or adding to it in a period appropriate manner contributes greatly to the charm and historic character of our village. The Preservation Awards are held biennially in even numbered years. Nominations for the 2016 awards will be accepted during February and can be submitted using this form.

Award Categories:

Preservation/Exterior Rehabilitation:  This includes the maintenance, protection, repair and replacement of the structure so that it retains its original exterior historic character OR returning a significant part of the structure to the original design and condition by repairing or replacing the original material and architectural detail and by painting with historically appropriate colors.

Compatible Addition: The design of the addition recognizes and respects existing architectural and environmental characteristics of the property. These include size, shape and scale of the addition and the use of compatible materials, colors and textures.

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes that preservation is not limited to older homes and is given to new construction. Houses receiving this award call attention to architectural styles and represent examples of replications in design and enhance the character of the neighborhood.

2014 Preservation Award Winners

Three homes were chosen to receive the 2012 Preservation Awards. Click here to read our press release.