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Significant Architectural Resources from Northern Cook County



Recent Past Survey — Northern Cook County


This survey was conducted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation during Fall 2006 and 2007. It focused on architecturally significant non-residential buildings dating from 1935 to 1975—a period commonly referred to as the “recent past.” More than 1200 commercial, institutional, office, and religious structures were identified in 26 communities throughout northern Cook County, Illinois. The survey did not include residential structures, due to time constraints and the fact that detailed residential surveys are best carried out by local governments.

While images from the 2007 survey have been incorporated into the Survey Slideshows, 2007 data will not available in the database until later this fall.

Initial financial assistance for the survey work came from the Kohler Intervention Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Landmarks Illinois hopes to continue the recent past survey as a multi-year effort of the entire Chicago metropolitan area, provided funding is available.

The survey was not conducted in association with any local governments. Consequently, survey listings do not indicate local protection or recognition. The survey was supervised by James E. Peters, AICP, Landmarks Illinois’ director of preservation planning.

For information on significant structures built prior to 1935, please see http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis/. This site summarizes a statewide architectural and historical survey that was conducted by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency during the 1970s.


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Alliance Review Article on Recent Past Survey

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