Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Can Be a Green Initiative Gooding House   HPC

While historic buildings are often lauded for the unique character they contribute to a community, they may often be misunderstood as high maintenance responsibilities from energy and expense perspectives. And yet, this does not need to be the case. "Reusing" , "Recycling" or preserving a historic building is one of the more environmentally friendly things to do. The benefits of historic preservation far outweigh the time it may take to repair rather than to replace a building’s features, or even an entire building. 

More often than not, historic buildings were originally designed with energy efficiency in mind. For example, consider a building’s orientation, its window placement, or even the height of its ceiling. Chances are that the placement of features such as these was intentional for ventilation purposes. Additionally, historic buildings were built to last. If you have ever been inside a historic barn or house, you can appreciate the craftsmanship in elements such as its solid beams or thick walls. This construction confirms the concept that historic construction was done with the understanding that a building should last. 

Perhaps there are a few landmarks close to you that you value as places that are important to your history and hope will remain for generations to come. Maybe you even live in a "recycled" building. From an economic standpoint, by performing simple tasks such as sealing or caulking drafty openings around your windows or doors, or by making the decision to repair your window over purchasing a new one, these "green" measures will not only protect the historic character of your home, but also result in more green in your pocket. It is true that the time involved may require more than you would like it to at the outset, but in the long term, not only are you saving the environment and money, but you are also protecting an important historic and cultural asset for future generations. Next time you see a historic building in your community, take pride not only in its history and the sense of place it provides, but also note the dual side of its existence as an excellent testament to the "green" effort your community has taken to recycle its historic resources. 

Please contact the Will County Historic Preservation Commission to learn more about historic preservation at 815-774-7902 or hpc@willcountylanduse.com or visit our pages on the Will County Land Use website

For easy and practical ways to green a historic building, visit www.preservationnation.org/issues/sustainability/  

#2 - 16th Street Bridge aka the Division Street Bridge

Division Street (16th Street) Bridge                    

#3 - Springbanks Road Bridge aka Renwick Road Bridge

 Spring Banks Road Bridge (Renwick Road Bridge)



#4 - Koppers Coke Oven Plant Site


 Koppers Coke Oven Plant Site


#5 - John Lane Monument

The John Lane Monument

#6 - Lincoln Hotel / Old Brick Tavern

 Lincoln Hotel/ Old Brick Tavern

#7 - Beecher Mausoleum

Beecher Mausoleum

#8 - Baker-Koren Barn

John C. Baker Barn

#9 - Union Burial Cemetery

Frankfort Union Burial Society Cemetery

#10 - John Fiddyment Home

Fiddyment House (c. 1840s)

#11 - William Gooding House

William Gooding House

#12 - Carl Wilhelm Steiber House

Steiber House

#13 - Beecher Railroad Depot

Beecher Depot

#14 - Patrick Fitzpatrick House

Patrick Fitzpatrick House

#15 - H.A. Rathje Mill

H. A. Rathje (Peotone) Mill

#16 - German Baptist Society Cemetery

German Baptist Society Cemetery

#17 - Schmuhl School

District 121 Schmuhl School

#18 - Wabash Railroad Depot

Wabash Railroad Depot

#19 - Riegel Farm

Riegel Farmstead

#20 - Friedrich Gottlieb Seggebruch House

Friedrich Gottlieb Seggebruch Homestead

#21 - Soldier's Widow's Laundry

Soldier's Widow's Laundry

#22 - Small Towle House

Small-Towle House

#23 - Wheatland Presbyterian Church

Wheatland "Scotch" Presbyterian Church
#24 - Paton School Paton School

#25 - Wesley Township Hall

Wesley Township Hall (Landon's Store)

#27 - Russell-Smazik House

Russell-Smazik House

#28 Ritchie United Methodist Church

Ritchey United Methodist Church

#29 Francis Field

Francis Field

#30 Haven Administrative Center

Haven Administrative Center


#31 Ogren- Reed Homestead

Ogren-Reed Homestead

#32 Brown Cemetery

Brown Cemetery

#33 Lovell Farmstead 

Lovell Farmstead

#34 John B. Salisbury House

Salisbury House
#35 Octagon House
The Octagon House




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