Lombard Historic Preservation Commission


William J Mueller Heritage Award Winner

The Historic Preservation Commission awarded the Lombard Cemetery Restoration Project with the William J Mueller Heritage Award on October 15, 2015.  Please see here for more information.

The Village is accepting applications for the 2016 Award.  Please click here for the application or call 630-620-5967 with questions.


About the Commission


LombardCemetery-webtext.jpgThe Commission is tasked with managing the Village's interest in public and private historic sites throughout the community. This includes working closely with the Lombard Historical Society as well as managing the Village's Local Landmark process.

Historic Survey


The Commission completed the Village's first official historic survey of 106 significant properties in 2014.  An additional survey was completed in 2015.  Click here for to view the surveys and for additional information. 

History

The Commission was formed in 1969 following the Village's Centennial Celebration. Over the past 40-plus years, the Commission has engaged hundreds of residents in a variety of projects and initiatives, which are discussed in greater detail on this page.

Meetings

The Commission meets quarterly in the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October (plus additional special meetings as necessary). Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Members


The Commission is made up of 11 resident volunteers who are appointed by the Village President and Board of Trustees:
  • Rita Schneider, President
  • Lyn Myers, Secretary
  • Brigitte O'Brien
  • Richard Anstee
  • Tom Fetters
  • Jack Jones
  • Eileen Mueller
  • Marcy Novak
  • Patricia Poskocil 
  • Jennifer Henaghan
  • Stephanie Zabela  
  • Tami Urish, Village Liaison
If you are interested in joining the Commission (or any other Village committee), please click here for information.

Local Landmarks


125eWashington-webcaption.jpgThe Commission has the authority to recommend the designation of landmark sites or districts having a special historical or community interest or value. These sites are designated based on their character, interest, or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the Village, as well as their architectural significance (for buildings at least 50 years old) and/or potential archaeological importance.  Click here for a presentation on what a Local Landmark is, examples in Lombard, why the program is important.   

Designated Landmarks

Currently the Village has seven designated local landmarks: the Sheldon Peck Homestead (355 E. Parkside Avenue), Lombard Cemetery (460 S. Main Street), Babock's Grove House (101 W. St. Charles Road) and single-family homes at 125 E. Washington Boulevard, 241 W. Maple Street, 215 S. Stewart, and 305 E. Morningside. The Commission has also recognized a historic sign on the Dairy Queen at 205 S. Main Street. Click here for a map of local landmarks and historical museums.

Why become a Local Landmark?

Local Landmark properties are very rare, so owning and/or living in one can be a great source of Lombard Pride. In addition to the sense of community that comes from being a Local Landmark, property owners are able to solicit the advice of the Commission on proposed additions and renovations.

There can also be economic benefits to becoming a Local Landmark. Local Landmark buildings are eligible for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's Tax Assessment Freeze Program. According to the IHPA website, "the program can freeze the assessed value of owner-occupied, historic residences for a period of 8 years, followed by a four-year period during which the property’s assessed value steps up to an amount based upon its current market value. This results in 12 years of reduced property taxes. This program is administered free of charge as a benefit to Illinois property owners interested in rehabilitating their historic homes."

How are Local Landmarks designated?


Property owners must first submit a request to the Commission using the Local Landmark Application form. The Commission will then reach a preliminary conclusion as to whether or not the property meets the criteria set forth in Section 32.079 of the Village Code. If the criteria are met, the Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed designation. After the public hearing, the Commission will forward its recommendation to the Village Board and the Village Board will have the option to approve the designation.

Local History and Preservation Links


  • The Lombard Historical Society was founded in 1970 as an educational organization that studies, preserves, and promotes all variety of knowledge, records, and sites related to the history of Lombard. The Historical Society has its own program (separate from the Village's Local Landmark program) to identify and plaque historic buildings.
  • The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has valuable educational information as well as details on the Property Tax Assessment Freeze program for registered historic buildings that are owner-occupied.
  • The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation, which includes the Maple Street Chapel. Their website has links to numerous preservation resources.


  • For More Information


    If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Commission or its activities, please contact William Heniff, Director of Community Development, at or by telephone at (630) 620-3599.