Evanston will be host to the 2013 statewide Illinois Preservation Conference June 27-29. This year’s conference promises an exciting round of educational sessions, tours and events. The conference also will offer sessions for the general public. 

The Landmarks Illinois Annual Meeting/Conference Opening Reception will be held 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. The Opening Session will be at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28 with remarks from Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl; Robert Myers, AICP, President, Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions; Bonnie McDonald, President, Landmarks Illinois; and Mike Jackson, FAIA, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Fun and informative architectural walking tours will be conducted Saturday afternoon by the Evanston History Center.

“The City of Evanston has long been committed to the preservation of its architectural legacy and is honored to be hosting this statewide event. Evanston adopted its first advisory Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1978, which created the Preservation Commission and the designation of over 800 buildings as landmarks,” explained City of Evanston’s Preservation Coordinator Carlos Ruiz. “In 1994 the City Council adopted the current binding Historic Preservation Ordinance and the designation of the Lakeshore and Ridge National Register Historic Districts as local Evanston Historic Districts. Since then, the City Council passed an ordinance creating the Northeast Evanston Historic District in 2000. Two more Historic Districts are now in the National Register: Oakton and Northeast Evanston (larger than the local historic district).”

“Evanston is the most beautiful city in the world. There are cities that surpass Evanston in natural scenery and in other single points many are superior; but take the city as a whole, as a place of residence, there is none to equal it. Evanston has the most beautiful streets to be found anywhere, and their bordering trees make of the town a veritable park. Many of its residences also are incomparable as examples of high class architecture” – Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912), preeminent American architect, urban designer, and Director of Works of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

For program details and to register, visit Landmarks Illinois’ conference webpage here>>>.   

Landmarks Illinois and the Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions are co-sponsoring the 2013 Statewide Preservation Conference with substantial financial contributions from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (Chicago) and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (Springfield).