The Elgin Heritage Commission is seeking nominations for the 2023 Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation. Applications are available on the City’s website at cityofelgin.org/mayorawards. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24.
In addition to honoring the outstanding contributions of Elgin citizens in their efforts to preserve the city’s heritage, the annual awards also serve as an opportunity to educate the community about the value Elgin’s unique architecture, neighborhoods and history. The awards also further the Elgin Heritage Commission’s goals of neighborhood and downtown revitalization to benefit the entire community.
The Mayor’s Awards are given to persons, groups and organizations who lead a preservation project, save one or more historical properties, educate and promote an awareness of Elgin’s heritage, conduct creative historic projects relating to archival or object collections, or maintain a continuous cultural or historical organization for 50 years or more.
Additionally, four special awards will also be presented:
- The Mayor George Van De Voorde Award is given to an individual recognizing the continuing vigor, imagination and persistence in preserving Elgin's heritage.
- The William Stickling Award honors achievements in the adaptive reuse of industrial and commercial buildings.
- The Artisan Award recognizes the exemplary work of a contractor, craftsperson or artisan in the preservation and restoration of Elgin’s architectural heritage.
- The Henry Jensen Award recognizes extraordinary exterior and/or interior rehabilitation of work completed within the past year.
Elgin’s Heritage Commission will select winners who will then be honored at the annual Mayor’s Awards for Preservation, held each May during National Preservation Month.
The 2023 Mayor’s Awards event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 at Frida's Party Room, historically the Waverly Hotel Stables, located at 219 West Highland Avenue. The event will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed with a ceremony recognizing the outstanding contributions of Elgin’s awardees at 7:00 p.m.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, please contact Historic Preservation Planner Christen Sundquist at 847-931-6004 or visit cityofelgin.org/mayorawards.