The 2013 Preservation and Design Awards will be announced tonight, July 15, at the 7 p.m. Evanston City Council meeting. 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.

Residents who are unable to attend the meeting in person, can watch live coverage on Comcast Channel 16 or online at www.ectv.com. Additionally, YouTube video coverage will   be available the following day on the city’s website at www.cityofevanston.org.

To reflect today’s Evanston preservation ordinance, 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.