Historic Preservation Commission

Staff Liaison: Chris Sandine, Planning Division, (847) 918-2028

 
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 5:00 pm at Village Hall, located at 118 W. Cook Avenue. 


Click here to download the
Certificate of Appropriateness Guide which explains the application process including submittal requirements and fees.

2024 Schedule

Meeting Submittal Date
January 15, 2024 January 5, 2024
February 19, 2024 February 2, 2024
March 18, 2024 March 1, 2024
April 15, 2024 April 5, 2024
May 20, 2024 May 10, 2024
June 17, 2024 June 7, 2024
July 15, 2024 July 5, 2024
August 19, 2024 August 9, 2024
September 16, 2024 September 6, 2024
October 21, 2024 October 11, 2024
November 18, 2024 October 25, 2024
December 16, 2024 December 6, 2024

Historic District Designation

The Historic Preservation Commission and the Village Board of Trustees approved the Downtown Libertyville Historic District as the Village's first Historic District! To view the boundaries of the Downtown Libertyville Historic District, 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 the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Any questions about the Historic District Designation process, including what is required for a submission, can be directed to Chris Sandine, Senior Planner, at (847) 918-2028 or csandine@libertyville.com.


Local Landmark Designation

Commercial and residential structures with architectural and historical significance are eligible for Local Landmark status with the Village. Notable features that qualifies a property for local landmarking includes 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 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 Chris Sandine, Senior Planner, at (847) 918-2028 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.)
  • Private Residence, 210 Lake Street (reviewed by the HPC on March 15, 2021, and approved by the Village Board on May 11, 2021.)


Historic Survey (2016)

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. 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 Chris Sandine, Senior Planner, at (847) 918-2028 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


Installing a Solar PV System within an Historic Preservation District

Questions and Comments


The Commission welcomes all comments or questions you may have. Please join one of the scheduled public meetings or contact Chris Sandine, Senior Planner, at (847) 918-2028 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;