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 three categories. Only the exterior of the buildings 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 to the extent they are noticed and nominated for an award,” said Kimberly Knake, WSHS president. “Their commitment to preserving their home or adding to it contributes greatly to the charm and historic character of our village.”
Award Categories and winners:
Preservation: This includes the maintenance, protection, repair and replacement of the structure so that it retains its original exterior historic character.
Exterior Rehabilitation: Returning a structure or a significant part of it 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.