By Anna Lothson
The Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission seeks nominations for the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards Program.
The commission is made up of a group of citizen volunteers who advise the Village Board on historic preservations issues. August 26 is the deadline for submissions.
Structures that may be nominated include single-family residences; apartment buildings; commercial buildings, public/institutional buildings and religious structures. They may be nominated in categories of restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use and additions/new construction. Additional awards are presented for stewardship, detail and design.
Projects must have created within the past five years, and located within the boundaries of Oak Park, but do not need to be in a historic district. Interior work also may be considered in conjunction with exterior work.
The Historic Preservation Commission and the Environment and Energy Commission also are seeking applicants for a joint award that includes projects that address both historic preservation and sustainability issues.
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, which are based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, as well as considerations of contextual and design appropriateness.
Nomination forms are available in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., by calling 708-358-5417 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A nomination form also can be downloaded from the village's website: www.oak-park.us/historicpreservation.