The City of Evanston is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Preservation and Design Awards from property owners, architects, contractors and residents. The annual awards program was established in 1983 by the Evanston Preservation Commission and the Preservation League of Evanston to recognize notable achievements in restoration, rehabilitation, maintenance and adaptive re­use of Evanston structures.

To reflect today’s Evanston Preservation Ordinances, the categories have been updated to include:

Sensitive Addition/Alteration: a project that successfully integrated an addition/alteration within the architectural style of a main house or building and complements the context and character of a historic district, neighborhood or specific area.

Adaptive Reuse: a project that creatively achieved the reuse of an existing structure originally used for another purpose. The project must have undertaken at least substantial rehabilitation.

Appropriate New Construction: a new house, building or structure that, through its design and use of building materials, enhances the quality of the built environment. The project must have a positive impact on its immediate surroundings, including historic district, neighborhood or specific area.

Proper Rehabilitation/Restoration: a project that has closely followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for The Treatment of Historic Properties and its Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Buildings (landmarks and non-­landmark contributing/significant buildings citywide are eligible).

Life Achievement/Preservationist of the Year: this award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the preservation movement for the benefit of the City of Evanston through his/her work or volunteerism. This is a new category this year.

Projects must have been completed between 2008 and 2012. Recipients of the award will be notified in advance of the actual date, time and place of the 2013 Preservation and Design Awards ceremony. Nominations are due by April 30. For more information and the nomination forms, please visit www.cityofevanston.org/preservationawards or call the City of Evanston’s Senior Planner/Preservation Coordinator, Carlos Ruiz, at 3-1-1.