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Joliet Historic Preservation Commission

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The Joliet Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) is an advisory board to the City which was established with the Historic Preservation Ordinance of 1990 and subsequent amendments.  The JHPC evaluates and then nominates historic structures as Local Landmarks or part of Local Historic Districts; reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness; promotes historic preservation in the community; and assists with educating residents about available resources for preservation activities.

Commission Members

 Quinn Adamowski 04/17/2018 04/17/2020
 Mary Beth Gannon 04/17/2018 04/17/2020
 Bill Habiger 12/06/2016 12/06/2018
 Kevin Heinemann 04/17/2018 04/17/2020
 Candace Johnson 09/05/2017 09/05/2019
 Kailee Lowry 04/17/2018 04/17/2020
 Sharon Merwin, Vice-Chair 04/17/2018 04/17/2020
 Greg Peerbolte* 11/01/2016 11/01/2018
 Sara Stovall, Chair 12/06/2016 12/06/2018
 Jayne Bernhard Staff Liaison  

 *Non-voting members

The JHPC consists of twelve members: nine voting members and three non-voting members. All members are appointed by the mayor, with advice from city council, for a two year term. The voting members must be residents of Joliet while the three non-voting members may live outside Joliet. Non-voting members may not serve as officers of the JHPC. The City of Joliet Department of Community Development staffs the JHPC.

Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month, Council Chambers
Committee of the Whole Workshop, 6:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

JHPC Meeting Dates  [PDF] Agendas & Minutes

Annual Historic Preservation Award
Bestowed annually in May. Click here to view previous award winners and to learn more about the Annual Historic Preservation Award.


Historic Properties and Historic Areas
The City of Joliet boasts a rich diversity of architectural styles and building forms with over 2,000 buildings built before 1900 and 11,000 built before 1950! A small subset of these homes or structures have special recognition as “historic properties,” meaning they have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places; designated as local historic landmarks; are located within a local historic district; are located within a National Register Historic District; and/or a National Scenic Byway. These designations celebrate the historic character of these properties and neighborhoods. Click on the links to learn more.

Local Historic Districts |Local Landmarks | Thematic Historic Districts | National Register Historic Districts | Individual Properties on the National Register of Historic Places | National Scenic Byways

Application for Appointment[PDF]
Certificate of Appropriateness [PDF]
Local Landmark Application [PDF]
Owner Consent Form [PDF]
Annual Historic Preservation Award Nomination Form [PDF]

Walking Tours
Upper Bluff Local Historic District Tour (2007)
City Center Tour (2007)

Union Depot Tower – Railroad Exhibit

Railroad Exhibit at Union Depot Tower

Union Depot Tower Exhibit Components


JHPC Annual Report

Resources and Links of Interest

Joliet Historic Preservation Commission
Jayne M. Bernhard, AICP
Planner and Staff Liaison to the JHPC
150 W. Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
TEL: (815) 724-4052