Please use this interactive map of the Local Historic Districts and Landmarks.
National Register of Historic PlacesThe National Register recognizes the historic importance of properties across the country. Properties listed on the National Register are eligible for certain financial incentives to encourage restoration and preservation but unless listed as a Local Landmark under the local Historic Preservation Ordinance, do not require review by the Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission or fall under the regulations of the Historic Preservation Ordinance of Lake Forest. The most common financial incentive is the Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program administrated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Local Register of Historic PropertiesThe purpose of Local Landmark designations and Historic Districts is to identify and protect properties that are important to the history and architectural fabric of Lake Forest. Properties listed on the Local Register are subject to the regulations of the Historic Preservation Ordinance of Lake Forest. The Ordinance provides added protection against insensitive additions and alterations or demolition in an effort to preserve the historic integrity of the property.
According to the National Parks Service, there are four main treatments for historic properties - preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. The method of treatment for a historic structure should be carefully chosen to best maintain the historic quality of the structure or landscape.
Other Resources on Historic Preservation