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Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission was established in 1997 as a continuation of the City's long tradition of taking proactive steps to preserve the historic character of Lake Forest. The Commission is made up of seven Lake Forest residents who are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. The Commissioners serve for a maximum of three two-year terms on a staggered basis.  The Commission is governed by the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

The Commission is responsible for carrying on the tradition in Lake Forest by preserving historic buildings, gardens and streetscapes as well as the overall historic character of the community. The Commission reviews projects that are inside the boundaries of the City's Historic Districts and projects that affect individual Landmark properties located throughout the City. The Commission reviews proposals for complete and partial demolitions, for new construction and requests for Building Scale variances. The Commission is also responsible for reviewing and evaluating the design and compatibility of additions and alterations. Utilize the links on the right to learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission or download an application.

To determin if your upcoming project requires review by the Historic Preservation Commission, please contact Jen Baehr, Assitant Planner at 847-810-3520.

The Historic Preservation Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath.  The * indicated below in the approved meeting schedule is a change in the normally scheduled meeting. Meetings dates are subject to change from the approved schedule. Please check the Public Meeting Schedule for up to date information on the upcoming meetings.

2018 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule
(Submittal Deadline noted in parenthesis at 3:30pm)

January 24
(Submittal Deadline: December 15)

February 28
(Submittal Deadline: January 26)

*March 21
(Submittal Deadline: February 16)

April 25
(Submittal Deadline: March 23)

May 23
(Submittal Deadline: April 20)

June 27
(Submittal Deadline: May 25)

July 25
(Submittal Deadline: June 22)

August 22
(Submittal Deadline: July 20)

September 26
(Submittal Deadline: August 24)

October 24
(Submittal Deadline: September 21)

November 28
(Submittal Deadline: October 19)

No December Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Members

Name Address Phone
Bruce Grieve, Chairman 1301 Knollwood Circle 847-482-1169
Robert Alfe 1799 Hackberry Lane 847-295-3180
Carol Gayle 148 Washington Circle 847-234-8243
Jan Gibson 59 Franklin Place 847-615-8530
Bill Redfield 60 S. Asbury Court 847-337-5068
Elizabeth Sperry 451 N. Green Bay Rd 847-331-6188
Wells Wheeler 1100 N. Waukegan Road 847-234-8219
Staff: Jen Baehr,
Assitant Planner
800 Field Drive 847-810-3520
Staff: Catherine Czerniak,
Director of Community Development
800 Field Drive 847-810-3504


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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