...because we want to see buildings of historic significance live
side-by-side with development.
...because we want the
landscape our grandparents saw, there for our grandchildren to see.
...to help our citizens preserve and make good use of their
historic homes, for generations to come.
We're your Historic Preservation Commission,
and we're here!
NOMINATIONS CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING PRESERVATION
The McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission is looking for nominations for their Excellence in Building Preservation Award. If you have completed a renovation project, large or small, on your older home in the last two years that is in keeping with thehistoric character of the building, submit a nomination. The Commission will also consider sympathetically renovated commercial buildings. The Commission is in search of projects that have architectural merit and/or historical interest, and that are sensitive to the architectural integrity of the building. Only the exterior of the building will be judged. The Award is for projects that were completed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 and the nominations are due by April 30, 2014. Completed nomination forms can be submitted by email or by regular mail to the Mchenry County Planning & Development department. CLICK HERE FOR THE NOMINATION FORM
The Comprehensive List of Historic Properties in McHenry County has been updated
CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED LIST WITH ADDED DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EACH PLAQUED MCHENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPERTY(PDF) Please send us any revisions requested
Harmony Road School Property Designated as a County Heritage Grove
On June 5, 2013, the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission approved the property at the Southwest Corner of Route 20 and Harmony Road in Riley Township as the first County Heritage Grove. The small parcel served for many years as a one room schoolhouse and the grove of oak trees have been there for decades prior to the area being settled. Please click on the link on the left hand side of the page to learn more about the Heritage Grove Program.
MCHHPC Commissioner Laurie Selpien Featured by the Northwest Herald for Victory Gardens
Please view the Northwest Herald article from Saturday February 23, 2012 featuring Laurie
The Herald also shot an amazing video featuring Laurie and the gardens that can be viewed
The McHenry County Board Honors MCHHPC Chairman Nick Chirikos
On January 15, 2013, the McHenry County Board approved a resolution honoring former Historic Preservation Commission Chariman Nick Chirikos for his years of service before being elected to the McHenry County Board.(Pictured from Left, Tina Hill, County Board Chairperson, Nick Chirkos, and Steven Greeley, Current Historic Commission Chairman).
The McHenry County Conservation District is currently accepting applications for a Cultural History Research and Program Seasonal position who will work during the summer. Please forward the attached job announcement to those you think maybe interested. For questions, Jenny Heider, MHRM, PHR Human Resources Manager can be reached at 815-338-6223 x1237. Applications are available at our Woodstock office or their website at www.mccdistrict.org/web/ab-employment.htm.
Trout Valley Pool is now a McHenry County Landmark
The McHenry County Board has approved the Trout Valley Pool as a McHenry County Historic Landmark under the County Historic Preservation Ordinance. The pool was constructed in 1923 and is located on River Road in the Village of Trout Valley. It was originally part of the John Hertz Leona Farms Estate and is still used today in its near-original form by residents of Trout Valley.
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For more information on any of our programs, or to find out how you can nominate your home or local site, just check out the topics to the left, send an inquiry to
or contact us through
McHenry County Planning and Development.