The City of Evanston is accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation and Design Awards from property owners, architects, contractors and residents.

Projects must have been completed between 2009 and 2013. Nominations are due April 18.

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 re-use of Evanston structures. Award categories 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 city wide are eligible).
  • Innovative Solutions in Preservation: Showing sensitive and creative solutions incorporating issues of sustainability, adaptive reuse and integration of accessibility improvements.
  • 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.

Nomination forms are available online. For more information, contact Carlos D. Ruiz, senior planner/preservation coordinator, at 847-448-8687 or

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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