Historic Preservation in Naperville
Naperville's historic architecture and the character of its historic neighborhoods contribute to the community's well-being and development. The purpose of historic preservation is to protect these valuable resources by:
- Fostering civic pride through public education and enhanced awareness of Naperville's rich history as embodied in its architecture and neighborhoods.
- Preserving Naperville's heritage by proactively providing tools and oversight to identify and protect landmarks and historic districts.
- Protecting neighborhood character by ensuring that rehabilitations, renovations and new improvements in an historic district are compatible in terms of scale, style, exterior features, building placement and site access.
- Supporting property owners and property values for designated historic districts or landmarks by providing that repair, rehabilitations and renovations shall be compatible with the historic, architectural and aesthetic character of the historic districts and landmarks.
Historic District StoryMap
An Overview of Historic Preservation in Naperville is an ArcGIS StoryMap that uses geography to present information about preservation in Naperville.View the StoryMap
Financial Incentives From Landmarks Illinois
Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading voice for historic preservation and a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides a comprehensive list of preservation-related funding opportunities. Please review the organization's website for state, federal and Landmark Illinois sources of funding for historic properties.Visit Landmarks Illinois
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Local and Federal Historic Districts
The Naperville local historic district is a designation granted by the Naperville City Council in 1986, while Naperville's federal historic district was established in 1977.
Completed surveys provide context about historic areas in Naperville.
Naperville's Local Landmarks
Four Naperville properties have been recognized as local historic landmarks: the Truitt House, the Thomas Clow House, the Naperville's Woman's Club and the Old Nichol's Library.
Regulations for Historic Districts and Landmarked Properties
Learn about applicable regulations and procedures for landmarking and making improvements to historic properties in Naperville.