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Intent and Purpose

  • To encourage the rehabilitation and utilization of structures, places and works of art having a special historical, architectural or aesthetic value or interest to the community.
  • To identify those buildings and such worthy of designation as official Glen Ellyn landmarks, to hold hearings and to recommend that the Village Board effect those designations by ordinance.
  • To aid in the continuing preservation of Stacy’s Tavern Museum.
Landmarked Properties
The Village of Glen Ellyn and its Historic Preservation Commission are proud of the homes that contribute to the historical character of the Village. Please find below a list of landmarked homes within the Village, along with a nomination form for those wishing to nominate a structure as a landmark.  There are a variety of benefits to landmarking your architecturally significant home, including tax benefits for rehabilitation, as well as the preservation of Glen Ellyn's historic character.  If you own an historic home and you wish to alter it in anyway please review the Historic Preservation Maintenance and Alteration Guidelines. If you are unsure whether the alterations you are making to your landmarked home require review from the Historic Preservation Commission please read the Commission Review Requirements. If the alterations require Commission review, please fill out the Application for Alteration of Landmarked Property and submit the application to the Planning & Development Department in the Civic Center.  Please contact the Village at 630-469-5000 with additional questions regarding landmarked properties or landmarking a property.
Please note that the Glen Ellyn Historical Society also has a recognition only plaquing program. For more information on the Society's program, please contact 630-469-1867.
Downtown Glen Ellyn National Register Listing
The Village's central business district was recently approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for both a north district (north of the railroad tracks) and a south district (south of the railroad tracks). A map of the National Register Districts can be found here. There are many benefits to being listed on the National Register, including:
  • Historic districts recognize the historic and architectural importance of buildings throughout the nation; and help to preserve the character and identity of communities
  • Historic districts may promote the economic vitality of the Central Business District through the growth of new and existing businesses
  • Many people across the country enjoy taking part in heritage tourism and visiting historic buildings, museums and districts
  • Tax incentives are available for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing properties listed on the National Register
For more information on the national register listing, please contact 630-469-5000.
Architectural Resource Surveys
As a Certified Local Government through the State of Illinois, the Village must collect data on its housing stock through Architectural Resource Surveys (ARS). ARS provide a variety of important information to the Village including:
  • Maintenance of the Certified Local Government Status achieved by the Village in 2003, and the access to federal funding for historic preservation efforts that comes with the designation;
  • Expansion of the Village’s body of data on existing historic homes;
  • Creation of residential interest in preservation;
  • Encouragement of homeowner consideration of steps such as landmarking;
  • Encouragement of homeowner application for placement on the National Registry; and
  • Encouragement of homeowner application for property tax freeze available for restoration projects on historic properties.

Please find below the Village’s survey results from the 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2010 architectural resources surveys.  Please contact the Village Manager’s Office at 630-469-5000 with any questions regarding these completed surveys, or the current architectural resource survey in progress.

Annual Historic Preservation Commission Awards Program
The Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission supports homeowners and builders who help preserve our Village's historic character. Nominations are accepted January 1 through April 30 of each year. The Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Awards program honors projects in four categories:
  • Restoration of the Year Award: The Restoration of the Year Award is presented annually by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission in recognition of an outstanding effort (completed within the prior calendar year) to restore the exterior of a home or building in a manner fitting its historic character while adhering to Glen Ellyn's restoration guidelines and contributing to the preservation of Glen Ellyn history. In order to qualify for this award, a home must be 50 years or older. Entries are judged on the extent to which the exterior restoration is in keeping with the home's historic character. 
  • Remodeling Project of the Year Award: The Remodeling Project of the Year Award is presented annually by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission in recognition of an outstanding effort (completed within the prior calendar year) to remodel the exterior of a home or building in a manner maintaining or improving the architectural integrity and contributing to the preservation of Glen Ellyn history. In order to qualify for this award, a home must be 50 years or older. Entries are judged on the extent to which the exterior remodel is in keeping with the home's character.
  • Streetscape Compatibility Award: The Streetscape Compatibility Award is presented annually by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission in recognition of an outstanding effort (completed within the prior calendar year) to construct a new home or building in an architectural style and scale that contributes to the preservation of Glen Ellyn's historic streetscapes. A home can be of any age to qualify for this award. Entries are judged on their compatibility with the existing streetscape, in terms of architectural style and scale.
  • Architectural Details Award: The Architectural Details Award is presented annually by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission in recognition of an outstanding effort (completed within the prior calendar year) to restore an exterior detail element of a home, building or property in a manner fitting its historic character, and contributing to the preservation of Glen Ellyn history. Examples of exterior detail elements would include but not limited to porches, cornice work, leaded glass windows, or decorative fencing. In order to qualify for this award, a home must be 50 years or older. Entries are judged on the compatibility of the element with the historic character of the home or building.
Entries are accepted for residential (single-family and multi-family), commercial and institutional buildings. Glen Ellyn residents are encouraged to nominate projects of special interest in their neighborhoods; homeowners or builders interested in applying for awards may also self-nominate. To nominate a structure, complete the nomination form below with photos attached. For more information about this program, please contact the Historic Preservation Commission Staff Liaison at 630-547-5250.  
Historic Preservation within the Village
The following webpage was developed by the Historic Preservation Commission to provide additional information regarding historic character, benefits of historic preservation, architectural styles within the Village and landmarking. Historic preservation guidelines have also been provided to guide homeowners in their exterior alterations and additions to historic properties.
 
 
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