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Preservation Resources

Preservation Links

 

There are a number of preservation resources online. The following list is a sampling of informative sites that we think that you may be interested in. Please note that all links open in a new browser window, to return to the Landmarks site, close the new window.

 

 

 

Architecture

 

American Institute of Architects,
Chicago Chapter

aiachicago.org

American Institute of Architects Illinois
aiail.org/g

  

Barn Preservation

 

Barn Again!
preservationnation.org

Barns of Hancock County
carthage-il.com/barns/

Barnstorming Union County
southernmostillinoishistory.info/barnstorming

Illinois Barn Alliance
illinoisbarns.org/

McDonough County Historic Barn Tour
makeitmacomb.com/attractions.php

McHenry County Historical Society's Barn Registration Program
mchsonline.org/BRP.htm

McLean County Barn Keepers
web.extension.uiuc.edu/mclean/barn/index.html

 

Barn Resources

 

The Barn Journal
thebarnjournal.org/resource/index.html

 

Blogs

 

Designslinger
designslinger.com

Ecology of Absence: Preservation Research Blog
preservationresearch.com/

Lee Bey, Beyond the Boat Tour
wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey

The Green Preservationist
preservegreen.wordpress.com/

Mesker Brothers
meskerbrothers.wordpress.com

PrairieMod
prairiemod.com

Preservation Directory Blog
preservationdirectory.com

Repeat: Observations on Architecture
lynnbecker.com//repeat/

The Skyline: Blair Kamin
featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline

Time Tells: Preservation Histories
with Vince Michael

fnewsmagazine.com/vince_michael

Ultra Local Geography
ultralocal.blogspot.com/

 

Bridges

 

Bridge Hunter
bridgehunter.com/il/

Covered Bridge Map
coveredbridgemap.com/

Historic Bridges
historicbridges.org//

Historic Bridges of Illinois (IDOT)
isas.illinois.edu/transportation_research/

Illinois Covered Bridges
dalejtravis.com/bridge/bridgeil

Suspension Bridges
bridgemeister.com

 

Civil War

 

Southernmost Illinois History
southernmostillinoishistory.net/late-1800s.html

 

Digital Library

 

Building Technology Heritage Library
archive.org/details/buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary

Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
at the Art Institute of Chicago

artic.edu/research

 

Disaster Management

 

Responding to Floods
preservationnation.org/resources/technical-assistance/disaster-recovery/flood-response.html

 

Government

 

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
achp.gov

Commission on Chicago Landmarks
webapps.cityofchicago.org

Cook County Assessor's Office
cookcountyassessor.com

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
state.il.us/hpa

Illinois Historic Sites
illinoishistory.gov/hs/sites.htm

Illinois Main Street
state.il.us/ltgov/mainstreet

National Center for Preservation Technology
and Training

ncptt.nps.gov

National Park Service
cr.nps.gov

National Register of Historic Places
cr.nps.gov/nr

National Register of Historic Places (in Illinois)
nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/il/state

NPS Technical Briefs
nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/tech-notes.htm

 

Historic Farmsteads

 

Garfield Farm Museum
garfieldfarm.org

Marbold Farm
historic-marbold-farmstead.org

 

Historic Real Estate

 

Artspace
artspaceusa.org

Historic for Sale
historicforsale.com/HistoricalPreservation/Home

Historic Homesteads
historichomesteads.com

Historic Properties
historicproperties.com

National Trust for Historic Preservation:
Distressed Properties

nationaltrust.org

 

Historic Roads

 

Historic Roads
historicroads.org

Illinois Lincoln Highway
drivelincolnhighway.com/

Illinois Route 66
illinoisroute66.org/

National Road Association of Illinois
nationalroad.org/

 

Historic Tourism

 

Illinois Adventure
illinoisadventuretv.org

Illinois Partners
ilfbpartners.com/finds/history/

Visit Historic Illinois
visithistoricillinois.com

 

House Museums

 

Charles Gates Dawes House
evanstonhistorycenter.org

Clarke House
clarkehousemuseum.org

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
driehausmuseum.org/

Farnsworth House
farnsworthhouse.org

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
(includes FLW Home & Studio and Robie House)
wrightplus.org

Glessner House Museum
glessnerhouse.org

Hegeler Carus Mansion
hegelercarus.org

McClean County Museum of History
mchistory.org/

Pleasant Home
pleasanthome.org

 

Landscape Preservation & History

 

The Cultural Landscape Foundation
tclf.org

Library of American Landscape History
lalh.org

 

Museums

 

Chicago History Museum
chicagohistory.org

 

Organizations

 

Association for Preservation
Technology International

apti.org

Calumet Heritage Partnership
chicagosteel.org

Chicago Architectural Club
chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/

Chicago Architecture Foundation
architecture.org

Chicago-L
chicago-l.org

Forgotten Chicago
forgottenchicago.com/

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
savewright.org

Friends of Historic Second Church
2ndpresbyterianfriends.org/

Friends of the Uptown (Uptown Theatre, Chicag0)
uptowntheatre.com

Ghost Signs: Traces of Chicago ’s History
artic.edu/~ndonoh/pages/history.html

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative
chicagobungalow.org

Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative
nhschicago.org/site/3c/category/greystone_history

Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions
preservationcommissions.org/who-we-are/

Jens Jensen Legacy Project
jensjensen.org

The League of Historic American Theatres
lhat.org

Looking for Lincoln
lookingforlincoln.com

Society for American Archaeology
saa.org

Society of Architectural Historians
sah.org

Streeterville Organization of Active Residents
soarchicago.org

Theatre Historical Society of America
historictheatres.org

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
unitytemple-utrf.org

Vernacular Architecture Forum
vernaculararchitectureforum.org

Victorian Society in America
victoriansociety.org/

Voice of the Past
voicesofthepast.org/

 

Photography

 

Brian M. Palm Photography
bmpalm.com

David Schalliol
davidschalliol.com/

 

Planning & Community Development

 

American Planning Association
planning.org

American Planning Association Illinois Chapter
ilapa.org/

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
cmap.illinois.gov/TechAssistDirectory.aspx

Community First
communityfirstinc.org

Masters of Urban Planning
mastersinurbanplanning.com/

Metropolitan Planning Council
metroplanning.org/index.html

Planning & Development Network
plantizen.com

Smart Growth America
smartgrowthamerica.org

Southeast Environmental Task Force
southeastenvironmental.org

Urban Land Institute Chicago
chicago.uli.org/

Women in Planning & Development
wpdchicago.com/aboutus.htm

 

Preservation Education in Illinois

 

Architeacher
architeacher.org

Campbell Center
campbellcenter.org

Eastern Illinois University
eiu.edu

Northwestern University
scs.northwestern.edu/pdp

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
saic.edu

Southern Illinois University
siu.edu

University of Illinois
uic.edu/cuppa/upp

University of Illinois at Urbana
arch.uic.edu/programs

 

Preservation Lobby

 

Preservation Action
preservationaction.org

 

Preservation Organizations

(National, State, County, City)

 

Alton Area Landmarks Association
altonlandmarks.org/

Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation
friends.peoria.lib.il.us/community/cilf.html

Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation
glenellynpreservation.org

Gifford Park Association (Elgin)
gifford-park-assoc.org

Illinois Alliance of Historic
Preservation Commissions

iahpc.org

Illinois Valley Cultural Heritage Association
eldredhouse.com

Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
lfpf.org

Logan Square Preservation
logansquarepreservation.org

Moline Preservation Society
molinepreservation.org

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
sed.uga.edu/pso/programs/napc/napc.htm

National Trust for Historic Preservation
preservationnation.org

Old House Society
oldhousesociety.org

Partners for Sacred Places
sacredplaces.org

Preservation Chicago
preservationchicago.org

Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA)
pacacc.org

Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
ppfv.org/

Quincy Preserves
quincypreserves.org/QPreserves/QP-Home.html

Rock Island Preservation Society
rockislandpreservation.org/

 

Publications

 

Old House Journal
oldhousejournal.com/

Preservation Magazine
preservationonline.org

 

 

Recent Past

 

Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
chicagobauhausbeyond.org

Chicago Modern: More Than Mies
chicagomodern.wordpress.com

Documentation and Conservation of
Modern Movement Architecture

docomomo-us.org

Mid-Century Modern Commercial Resources
illinoishistory.gov/ps/midcentury.htm

ModCom
modcom.org

Recent Past Initiative
cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/recentpast/index.htm

Recent Past Preservation Network
recentpast.org

Rest Area History
restareahistory.org

 

Search Engines or Directories

 

Cultural Heritage Search Engine
culturalheritage.net

Preservation Directory
preservationdirectory.com

Preservation Trades Network
ptn.org

PreserveNet
preservenet.cornell.edu

     

Featured Sites

 

 

Preservation Action

Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives. [VISIT SITE]

 

 

Historic Bridges

HistoricBridges.org offers professional photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. In addition, HistoricBridges.org strongly advocates for the reform of surface transportation policy and fights to increase awareness of the feasibility of historic bridge preservation. HistoricBridges.org is guided by the philosophy that placing a greater funding focus on the maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of existing bridges whether historic or not, is the best solution for a country's aging and deteriorating bridges. [VISIT SITE]

 

 

Pleasant Home,
Oak Park

Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois, one the nation’s most architecturally significant villages.
Pleasant Home is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson.
 [VISIT SITE]

 

Building Technology Heritage Library

 

Building Technology Heritage Library

To make period catalogs more easily available, the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) has launched the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL), a web-based digitized collection of primarily American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. [VISIT SITE]

 

Farnsworth House, Plano

 

Farnsworth House, Plano

The Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951 and located near Plano, Illinois, is one of the world’s most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture. It was purchased in 2003 by a partnership of Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

[VISIT SITE]

 

Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

 

Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

The Driehaus Museum preserves and interprets the Gilded Age home of Chicago entrepreneur Samuel Mayo Nickerson in order to promote the understanding and appreciation of historic architecture and design.  [VISIT SITE]

 

Forgotten Chicago

 

Forgotten Chicago

First and foremost, our main goal is to discover and document little known elements of Chicago’s infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods and general cityscape, whether existing or historical.  [VISIT SITE]

 

Technical Preservation Services

 

Technical Preservation Services

Technical Preservation Services is the nation's leading provider of information and guidance on the care of historic buildings. Technical Preservation Services provides the tools and information necessary to take effective measures to protect and preserve historic buildings, ranging from historic masonry and window repairs to lead paint abatement to accessibility for people with disabilities.  [VISIT SITE]

 

Chicago Bauhaus

 

Chicago Bauhaus
and Beyond

Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond is a non-profit organization which celebrates and promotes 20th century modern architecture and design.

[VISIT SITE]

 

Illinois Route 66

 

Illinois Route 66

The official website of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway! The experiences you’ll find here are as unique, fun and memorable as the road is long. Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history - and it lives on today in Illinois’ Route 66’s many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants - and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call The Mother Road. Illinois’ stretch of this mythic road boasts the highest density of kitschy, interesting things to do you’ll find from here to California. So, join us for the far out journey that never ends on Illinois Route 66. It’s closer than you think, right here in your own backyard. We look forward to seeing you on the Mother Road soon!  [VISIT SITE]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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