Historic Preservation Commission

Commission & Meetings


The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a seven-member commission established for the purpose of identifying, promoting and facilitating the preservation of historic structures and districts within the Village. Meetings of the HPC take place on the third Monday of each month at 5:00pm at Village Hall, located at 118 W. Cook Avenue.

Historic District Designation

 
The Historic Preservation Commission has filed an application for the Village's first Historic District! To review the full application, please CLICK HERE. The criteria utilized by the Historic Preservation Commission in determining the designation of Historic Districts includes:

  • Containing one or more landmarks along with such other buildings, places or areas within its definable geographic boundaries, that contribute to the overall visual characteristics of the landmark(s) located in the District;
  • A significant number of structures meeting any of the standards for Local Landmark Designation Criteria;
  • Establishing a sense of time and place unique to the Village of Libertyville; and/or
  • Exemplifying or reflecting the cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history of the nation, the state or the Village.
Interested in establishing a Historic District? The Historic District Designation criteria and procedure can be found in Section 8 and Section 9 of the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Any questions about the Historic District Designation process, including what is required for a submission, can be directed to Christopher Sandine, Associate Planner, at (847) 918-2115 or csandine@libertyville.com.

Local Landmark Designation

Commercial and residential structures with architectural and historical significance are now eligible for Local Landmark status with the Village. Notable features than can qualify your property for local landmarking include architectural style or design; a significant builder or architect; identification with a person or persons who have made significant contributions at the local, regional or national level; and those properties associated with important cultural or social aspects or events. The complete list of criteria for local landmark designation can be found in Section 6 of the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Interested in landmarking your property? The application can be found here. Any questions about the landmarking process, including what is required for a submission and the benefits of receiving landmark status, can be directed to Christopher Sandine, Associate Planner, at (847) 918-2115 or csandine@libertyville.com.

The following properties have received Local Landmark status:


  • The Cook House, 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue (reviewed by the HPC on March 1, 2016 and approved by the Village Board on May 10, 2016)
  • The David Adler Estate, 1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue (reviewed by the HPC on April 5, 2016 and approved by the Village Board on May 24, 2016)
  • The Proctor Building, 520-530 N. Milwaukee Avenue (reviewed by the HPC on June 14, 2016 and approved by the Village Board on November 8, 2016)
Historic Survey


The Village contracted architectural historians Lara Ramsey and Emily Ramsey of Ramsey Historic Consultants to conduct an architectural/historical survey of a portion of Libertyville's downtown. The purpose of the survey was to assess approximately 350 structures for architectural and historical significance. The survey area is roughly bounded by the Metra train tracks to the north, 1st Street to the east, Route 176 to the south, and Brainerd Avenue to the west. Preliminary survey results were presented to the community on November 17, 2016. Click Here for the Final Survey Results, or visit www.historiclibertyville.com. The Village will use this information to make informed decisions regarding preservation planning, community development projects, and rehabilitation plans for individual buildings. Please direct any questions about the survey to Christopher Sandine, Associate Planner, at (847) 918-2115 or csandine@libertyville.com.

Does your house have a history? Let us know! If your property falls within the survey area and your home has a relevant historical background (notable builder, architecture, owners, etc.) that you would like to share, please fill out this form and send back to us.


Benefits

 
Historic Preservation offers rewarding opportunities through both financial and social incentives.

Financial Incentives include:
  • 20% Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • 10% Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • Property Tax Assessment Freezes
  • Tax Benefits for Historic Preservation Easements
Social Incentives include:
  • Higher Property Values
  • Stablization of Residence
  • Insulation from Extreme Market Fluctuations 
  • Increased Connections among Neighbors and Community Involvement
For a full list of benefits, please click here

Articles



Ordinances


  • Ordinance 12-O-15: Historic Preservation Ordinance (adopted Feb. 14, 2012 by the Village Board)
  • Ordinance 14-O-70: Ordinance Amending Chapter 2 of the Village of Libertyville Municipal Code to Add Division 18 Creating the Historic Preservation Commission (adopted Oct. 28, 2014 by the Village Board)
  • Ordinance 14-O-71: Ordinance Authorizing a Moratorium for Commercial Buildings in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District (adopted Oct. 28, 2014 by the Village Board)

Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions


Questions and Comments


The Commission welcomes all comments or questions you may have. Please join one of the scheduled public meetings or contact Christopher Sandine, Associate Planner, at (847) 918-2115 or csandine@libertyville.com.
  • Containing one or more landmarks along with such other buildings, places or areas within its definable geographic boundaries, that contribute to the overall visual characteristics of the landmark(s) located in the District;
  • A significant number of structures meeting any of the standards for Local Landmark Designation Criteria;
  • Containing one or more landmarks along with such other buildings, places or areas within its definable geographic boundaries, that contribute to the overall visual characteristics of the landmark(s) located in the District;
  • A significant number of structures meeting any of the standards for Local Landmark Designation Criteria;