Webinars

12. Proactive Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse in Chicagoland

Please enjoy John Curley's presentation on a presentation panic-free approach to pre-planning a building’s possible next life for its highest and best use with owner and community in mind. Mr. Curley is the Chief Development Services Officer in City of Aurora and instrumental in Aurora’s many preservation successes. He spoke about:

His presentation was made at the January 24, 2024 Naperville Preservation event held at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Feb 12 , 2024

12. Midcentury in Naperville: Moser Highlands

Check out the presentation of our architectural surveys of East Highlands and River Haven Estates in Naperville, both developed by Harold Moser in the 1950s. Learn how these innovative subdivisions paved the way to today's Naperville.

The survey is conducted by Elizabeth Blasius and Jonathan Solomon, partners of Preservation Futures, Chicago. They made this presentation at an event held by Naperville Preservation Inc. on September 25, 2023 at the Naperville Municipal Center, attended by over 100 people.

Oct 2 , 2023

11. The Greenest Building is the One Already Standing!

In this presentation, Naperville Preservation board member Bill Simon of Naperville Preservation Inc. shows how total lifecycle carbon emissions can be reduced by repurposing existing buildings instead of building new from the ground up.

Bill is also with the Naperville Environment & Sustainability Task Force (NEST) community and gave this presentation at their January 16, 2023 meeting.

Feb 17, 2023

10. Kreger's...Their Wurst Is the Best

A neighborhood corner grocery in the past, Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus is Naperville’s favorite sausage shop.  At this store, located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Ellsworth, you can find 20-40 fresh and frozen varieties of sausage.  In this video, you’ll learn how this Naperville institution came to be.
This video is brought to you by Naperville Preservation Inc., professionally produced by NCTV17, and paid for with SECA Funding through the City of Naperville.

Dec 6, 2022

9. Cool Mid-Century Naperville Home

Get the inside tour of this cool mid-century house in Naperville’s East Highlands subdivision.  Jen and Adam have taken a very unique home by builder Don Tosi and made it even more interesting and cozy at the same time.

This video is brought to you by Naperville Preservation Inc., professionally produced by NCTV17, and paid for with SECA Funding through the City of Naperville.

Nov 24, 2022

8. Old Main — One of Naperville's Finest Buildings

North Central College’s Old Main is one of Naperville’s finest buildings. Over the last 150 years, Old Main has had a distinguished history and will continue to have an “unlimited future,” to quote past NCC president Hal Wilde. 

This video is brought to you by Naperville Preservation Inc., professionally produced by NCTV17, and paid for with SECA Funding through the City of Naperville.

Jul 16, 2022

7. NCTV17's Spotlight presents Naperville Preservation Inc.

This NCTV17 Spotlight features Becky Simon, President and  Jane Ory Burke, Director of  Naperville Preservation Inc. They discuss the benefits and importance of historic preservation as well as  Naperville Preservation Inc's role regarding historic preservation. 

Dec 31, 2021

6. Happy Holidays from Naperville Preservation   

 Please enjoy this holiday tour of a historic home in our very own Naperville Historic District.

Dec 19, 2021

5. Virtual tour of Carillon Visitor Center

Check out Naperville’s Millennium Carillon Visitor Center, a repurposed midcentury modern home built by Bud Goetsch in 1948, as we toured it in May, 2021. The Netzleys bought the house in 1964, so most people now know it as the Netzley House. Sometime in the ‘80s or early ‘90s, the Naperville Park District purchased it.

The building illustrates the 3 fundamental elements of a building: the setting, its materials, and the building's scale.

The home’s architect was John Van Bergen, who worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright, supervising the construction of the Robie House. Van Bergen had his own practice from 1911 into the 1960s.

Jun 26, 2021

4. Virtual tour of The Greene Barn

Come visit the historic Greene Barn with us! Please alse support the Greene Barn. Find out more at their website.

Jun 2, 2021

3. Preservation at the Local Level

Learn about current historical preservation successes in Illinois!  On 4/28/21, Naperville Preservation Inc. talked with Lisa DiChiera of Landmarks Illinois about

May 1, 2021

2. What Do You Know About the Historic Preservation Commission?

This webinar is for Naperville residents who want to learn how to work with the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).  On 2/18/21, Naperville Preservation Inc. talked with the City of Naperville's staff liaison for the Commission.

Feb 19, 2021

1. Virtual tour of The Willard Scott House

It is one of those buildings that everyone recognizes! A landmark red brick Italianate built in 1867, it has been home to generations of Naperville’s leading citizens from several families.  Congressman Harris Fawell held meetings there to organize formation of Naperville’s school districts and the Naperville Park District.

He also committed to preserving and restoring this beautiful building so well that it still has its original front doors, and the 19th century autographs inside the rooftop cupola have all been carefully preserved.

As another successful example of adaptive reuse, the Willard Scott House is home to several law offices and two generations of Fawell attorneys.  Current co-owner, Bob Heap, generously allowed Naperville Preservation to film the interior for our first video.

Nov 22, 2020