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Nomination Procedure

Once the completed application is completed, submit the application to the Planning and Development Department. The application will be reviewed by the Historical Commission for review. A public hearing will be scheduled, and the Commission will make a recommendation to the Planning and Development Committee. The County Board will make the final decision.

Nomination Criteria

Note: The nominated property, structure or alteration, or the area must meet at least one or more of the the following criteria —

  • It has character, interest, or value, which is part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristic(s) of a local community, the County of McHenry, State of Illinois, or the Nation;
  • Its location is a site of a significant local, county, state, or national event;
  • It is identified with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the local community, County of McHenry, State of Illinois, or the Nation;
  • It embodies distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style valuable for the study of a period, type, method of construction, or use of indigenous materials;
  • It is identified with the work of a master builder, designer, architect, or landscape architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the local area, County of McHenry, State of Illinois, or the Nation;
  • It embodies elements of design, detailing, materials, or craftsmanship that render it architecturally significant;
  • It embodies design elements that make it structurally or architecturally innovative;
  • It has a unique location or singular physical characteristics that make it an established or familiar visual feature;
  • It has character which is a particularly fine or unique example of a utilitarian structure, including, but not limited to farmhouses, gas stations, or other commercial structures, with a high level of integrity or architectural significance;
  • It establishes a sense of time and place unique to a community and/or the County of McHenry;
  • It is suitable for preservation or restoration;
  • It is included in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Illinois Register of Historic of Historic Places;
  • It has yielded, or may be likely to yield information important to pre-history or other areas of archaeological significance;
  • It is an exceptional example of an historic or vernacular style or one of a few remaining in the County of McHenry  

While meeting only one criterion is required by ordinance, the more criteria that can be met, the more likely the nomination is to be approved. Evidence must be supplied to support to any of the criteria that are claimed.



Forms and Instructions

Instructions for Completing an Historic Landmark or District Nomination form.

Landmarking Nomination Form

Scenic Road Nomination Form

Heritage Grove Nomination Form

Endangered Site Nomination Form

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