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.
Naperville Preservation invites you to hop on board the Naperville Trolley for a tour of Naperville's amazing historic buildings!
Our tour guide will be the encyclopedic and irrepressible Annette Wehrli.
WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 3-4 pm
WHERE: Meet at upper level of City Hall parking lot
*Sorry, but as of June 7th, all seats are taken. Registration is now closed.
East Highlands Survey News:
2022/06/03 Chicago Tribune: Naperville’s midcentury modern homes to be cataloged before they’re bulldozed for larger houses
2022/06/02 Press Release: Old firehouse retains its vibe, says retired assistant chief
Naperville Preservation, Inc. membership drive: Become a charter member today and receive a keepsake mug!" Download our 2022 Membership & Donation Form and return it with your check today.
Preservation Month Events: On May 7th, Naperville Preservation organized a tour of Historic Plainfield guided by Michael Bortel, member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council. On May 21st, we hosted a Pizza Party at Lou Malnati's (former Naperville Fire Station) with guest speaker retired Assistant Chief Dennis Adamski.
Kroehler YMCA: On February 15, 2022, Naperville City Council voted 8-1 against local landmark status for the Kroehler YMCA. Certainly not the results we were working for. Visit our Kroehler YMCA webpage for additional background information on our request for local landmark designation.
Carillon Visitor Center: Watch our tour of the Mid-Century Modern home which was transformed into the Carillon Visitor Center.
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.
Kroehler Mansion: On October 20, 2020, 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.