Historic Preservation
Historic preservation in Elgin has been making advances for over 30 years. Efforts began in the early 1980s as a grassroots movement by residents of an eastside neighborhood known as the Gifford Park Neighborhood. It was generally recognized that the effects of urban renewal of the 1960s had caused the erosion of downtown Elgin, which was slowly making its way into the neighborhoods that surrounded it. 

Local Landmark Ordinance

One of the methods determined to be effective in controlling this wearing away of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods was to enable the city to identify and protect architecturally significant properties and neighborhoods through the creation of a local landmark ordinance. 
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Christen Sundquist,
Historic Preservation Planner
Community Development Department
150 Dexter Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120

Ph: (847) 931-6004 
Fx: (847) 931-6790

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

This enabled individual structures to be designated as landmarks and groups of structures to be designated as historic districts. 

Historic preservation is handled through the Planning and Neighborhood Services Department, a division of Community Development.

Local Historic Architecture
If you are interested in local historic architecture, then you may want to visit the 'There Used to Be' website. This website gives information about the book, "There Used To Be, A Look Back at Elgin’s Architectural Heritage" by author Steven Stroud.

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Historic Preservation Planner - Christen Sundquist
Christen began work as the city's Historic Preservation Planner on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Christen will be working on all historic preservation related matters and will be the staff liaison to the Elgin Heritage Commission and the various Subcommittees including the Design Review Subcommittee. Her responsibilities will include facilitating the review and approval of Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs), the 50/50 and 75/25 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Programs, building plaque program, and other programs and events of the Elgin Heritage Commission.

She is trained in Historic Preservation and Architecture and lives in Elgin. In her former position with an architectural firm in Chicago, she was responsible for preparing National Register of Historic Places nominations, Historic American Building Survey measured drawings, building condition assessment reports, reconnaissance surveys and feasibility studies for a variety of projects throughout the Midwest.

One of the more interesting positions Christen has had was as a researcher for WTTW 11's "Ask Geoffrey" segment while working under Geoffrey Baer. She also contributed research for Geoffrey's PBS Documentary, "10 Buildings that Changed America."