Naperville Preservation


Naperville Preservation Inc is a grassroots organization for historic preservation in Naperville, Illinois. We are your neighbors, ordinary people who live right here with you.

Naperville Preservation is the only independent Naperville organization dedicated to historic preservation. We are dedicated to all of Naperville and all architectural styles and periods, from a Queen Anne in the Historic District, to a Mid Century Modern in East Highlands, to the faux log cabin on the south side of town. Naperville Preservation works to document and honor the built heritage of our hometown.

Read more about us and see some of the places around town we've had an impact, are keeping our eye on, or simply love. We also have some webinars and resources on historic preservation in Naperville that should be of interest.

We are a 501(3)(c), incorporated in 2019. Please follow us on facebook, check out our YouTube videos, join our mailing list, make a donation, or simply contact us.

The Historic Clow House at McDonald Farm
The Historic Clow House was moved stone by stone to the Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm.

Latest News

Kroehler Family YMCA: On September 24, 2021, Naperville Preservation filed an official application for local landmark designation for the 1910 Kroehler YMCA! Read some publicity about the application:

Next steps: The City of Naperville zoning administrator will notify the property owners, and they will have 60 days to respond. While we are waiting:

  • Carillon Visitor Center: Watch our tour of the Mid-Century Modern home which was transformed into the Carillon Visitor Center.

  • The Greene Barn: Please enjoy a tour of The Greene Barn with Mary Lou Wehrli. For more information, visit The Greene Barn website.

  • Preservation at the Local Level: Watch our webinar with Lisa DiChiera, Director of Advocacy for Landmarks Illinois discuss:

    • Historic preservation victories and losses in Illinois

    • Most endangered historic places in our state right now

    • Potential tax and economic benefits

    • Resources for homeowners

  • What Do You Know About the Historic Preservation Commission? Watch HPC 101 Naperville Preservation Inc.’s very first webinar held Thursday, February 18, 2021. In this webinar, you will have a seat at an interview with Kathleen Russell, City Planner and the City’s liaison with the HPC. You’ll learn about what the HPC is, and what it does for Naperville’s Historic District and landmarks.

  • Willard Scott House: Take a virtual tour of Naperville’s historic Willard Scott House.

  • On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the Naperville City Council approved the RAM West group plan for preservation of the Kroehler Mansion, a public park and townhomes on the current Little Friend's property. This concludes one chapter and starts another for adaptive reuse of a lovely historic building.

  • Next up may be the Kroehler YMCA which has closed and may soon be looking towards a new future.