Lombard Historic Preservation Commission

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report for the Historic Preservation Commission 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.

About the Commission

The 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.  Section 32.075 of Village Code pertains to the Commission.  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.

Local Landmarks

The 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.  

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.  

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.

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.