Each year the Village, through its Historic Preservation Commission, recognizes outstanding preservation efforts with a special award. Single-family residences, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, public/institutional buildings and religious structures are nominated in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use and additions/new construction. Additional awards are presented for stewardship, detail and design. Nominations need not be in an historic district. Interior work also may be considered in conjunction with exterior work. Any resident, owner or tenant of eligible structures, members of local preservation and historical societies, and members of the Oak Park Community Design Commission and Historic Preservation Commission may make nominations. Nominations may be made online or via mail.
The judges’ decisions will be based upon the Historic Preservation Commission’s Architectural Review Guidelines, which are based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, as well as considerations of contextual and design appropriateness.