Lombard Historic Preservation Commission

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report for the Historic Preservation Commission can be viewed here. The Report gives an overview of 2018 HPC activities.  

William J Mueller Heritage Award 2019

Do you know someone who has restored an old building or worked to keep an existing historic building in good shape? Someone who has worked to keep old stories and traditions alive by sharing them with others? Someone who is committed to historic preservation?  The Lombard Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2019 William Mueller Lombard Heritage Award. 

There are six possible award categories: Adaptive Use/Rehabilitation, Advocacy/Education, Leadership/Stewardship, Lifetime Achievement, New Construction and Restoration. Projects must have been completed within the geographical boundaries of Lombard in the last five years. Depending on the category of the nomination, photographs, building plans or biographical information may be required. Complete instructions and category descriptions are available on the nomination for)   Applications are now being accepted thru May 31, 2019.

At the Village Board meeting on October 19, 2017, the William J Muller Lombard Heritage award was presented to two recipients.  Honoring her 40 years of preservation work in the community, Patricia Poskocil received the award in the category of Lifetime Achievement.  In the category of Education/Advocacy,  Michael Loos and his extended family received the award to honor their family history book "Growing Up Rudman."  The book is available at the Helen Plum Library. 

 The meeting can be viewed here.

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. 


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.


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.

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.   

If a local landmark is altered, it may need to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Village.  The Secretary of the Interior office's has guidelines online regarding standards for rehabilitation of historic buildings.  

Designated Landmarks

Currently the Village has eight designated local landmarks: the Sheldon Peck Homestead (355 E. Parkside Avenue), Lombard Cemetery (460 S. Main Street), Babcock's Grove House (101 W. St. Charles Road), Lackner Building (128-132 W. St. Charles Road), 125 E. Washington Boulevard, 241 W. Maple Street, 215 S. Stewart, and 134 W. St. Charles Road. 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.
  • The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior has more tools and information for preserving, rehabilitating, restoring, and reconstructing historic properties.  

  • For More Information

    If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Commission or its activities, please contact Tami Urish, Planner I at (630) 620-5967.