Wilmette’s special character is exemplified by its single-family residences, attractive commercial areas, brick-paved streets, tree-lined streets, period street lights, and proximity to Lake Michigan. The character of the Village cannot be maintained without also preserving these resources. One way the Village accomplishes this is through the efforts of the Historic Preservation Commission.
Through the Historic Preservation Commission, several properties have been designated local historic landmarks, helping to preserve their contribution to their neighborhood. Two areas of unique character in the Village have been designated National Register Historic Districts. Public education is central to preserving the character of Wilmette. Please refer to the following documents for more information on historic preservation in Wilmette.
Application for Local Landmark Designation
Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness
What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
Historic Preservation Commission Handbook
Historic Preservation Ordinance
See the links to the left for more information about the annual Historic Preservation Awards and pending single-family demolitions.