By Anna Lothson
Thursday is the deadline for those who want to nominate a local building for Oak Park's 2012 Historic Preservation Awards.
The awards, sponsored by the village's Historic Preservation Commission, highlight single-family residences, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, public/institutional buildings and religious structures that maintain historic integrity in a number of categories.
This includes projects that undergo restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use and additions/new construction. Awards are also presented for stewardship, detail and design, and a special award will be presented to projects that address both historic preservation and sustainability issues.
Doug Kaarre, Oak Park's urban planner, said the awards have played a strong role in showcasing the dedication of people who choose to maintain the village's strong historical ties.
"We're looking to recognize and thank people who go the extra mile to do their home project in a way that is exemplary in terms of preserving the historic building or house," he said.
According to the award guidelines, projects should have been created within the past five years, and located within the boundaries of the village. Nominations don't have to be located in a historic district, and interior work also may be considered in conjunction with exterior work.
Kaarre said the village receives 20-30 nominations each year and 12-20 awards are given. The projects are judged by local preservation professionals, the historical society, and members of local boards and commissions. The award ceremony will be held in November at Unity Temple.
Any resident, owner or tenant of eligible structures, members of local preservation and historical societies, and members of local boards and commissions may make nominations.
The judges' decisions will be based upon the Historic Preservation Commission's architectural review guidelines.
Nomination forms are available in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., by contacting Community Planning and Development at 708-358-5417 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found on the village's website at www.oak-park.us/historicpreservation and nomination forms can be downloaded here www.oak-park.us/public/pdfs/Historic%20Preservation/Award%20Winners/awards_nomination_form.pdf
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