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Identifying and documenting the architectural and historic treasures of a community is the first step towards preserving a community's unique character. Historic properties are continuously threatened with demolition, whether it's because of neglect and lack of maintenance or a casualty of the "tear-down and build newer and bigger" phenomenon. We have conducted surveys for diverse communities all over Northeastern Illinois. Typically the local municipality sponsors the survey and expects it to lead to the designation of a National Register or local historic district.

In an intensive survey every principal and secondary structure on every street within the survey area is viewed and evaluated by a field surveyor. The following report is provided:


  • A computerized database by property address with the following information: address, use, condition, integrity, architectural style, construction date, architect or builder when known, architectural features, alterations, and a significance rating.


  • Binders containing an individual data form for each property with the same information with black and white photographs of the primary and secondary structures at each address attached to the forms.


  • A summary report discussing and evaluating the findings. It includes a history of the community as a whole and the survey neighborhood in particular, a discussion of the architectural styles and vernacular building types found in the survey area, illustrations of significant buildings and a map(s) showing their locations, recommendations for potential landmark designations and other regulative and/or administrative activities to enhance historic preservation in the community, and a complete printed inventory of each structure, by address.



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