River Forest to host public presentation on River Forest Architecture

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF VILLAGE OF RIVER FOREST

River Forest, Illinois – The Village of River Forest Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation about River Forest architecture on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Koehneke Community Center at Concordia University. The presentation will be conducted by the Village's consultant, the Lakota Group and there will be time for questions and answers afterward. This presentation is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the River Forest Library and Oak Park and River Forest Historical Society.

River Forest is an historic community committed to protecting, preserving and promoting its rich heritage. Structures in River Forest include various historical styles. Some homes were designed by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, William Drummond, Spencer and Powers, E.E. Roberts and their contemporaries.

This is the second event of its kind hosted by the Historic Preservation Commission, whose members strive to continue to educate the public about its Architectural and Historical Survey. The first event, held in October, 2013, provided a standing-room-only crowd with an overview of the survey and its effort to identify important historic and architectural resources within the Village. The survey places these resources within their proper context and will serve as an educational tool for promoting River Forest's history and architecture to the community at large. The survey also includes a list of nearly 300 homes designated as "Significant Properties."

The survey, outlining the architectural history of the Village and a list of all current historically significant properties, is now available on the Village's website: http://www.vrf.us/residents/historic-preservation.

Both the Historic Preservation Ordinance and Commission were approved by the Village Board of Trustees in 2007. The Ordinance is intended to identify, preserve and enhance the distinctive character, history and architectural heritage of River Forest. The Ordinance also seeks to protect important historic buildings and resources through the designation of local landmarks and to encourage their proper restoration and rehabilitation. Any construction on a Significant Property must be reviewed by the Historic

Preservation Commission. While the Commission cannot prevent construction or alter the proposed plans, the Commission has 45 days to review the application and make recommendations in order to preserve the historical and architectural significance of the property and neighborhood.

The Historic Preservation Commission is a seven-member volunteer commission appointed by the Village President and Board of Trustees to administer the Ordinance's provisions. Current members include Chairman David Franek, Carla Graham-White, Laurel McMahon as well as architects Paul Harding, David Raino-Ogden and Tom Zurowski.

For more information about the Historic Preservation Commission and the presentation please contact Lisa Scheiner, Assistant Village Administrator at (708) 714-3554.

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