Request for Proposals

Historic Building Survey

Village of Downers Grove

Downers Grove, IL

Posted: 09/14/2012
Submittal Deadline: 10/10/2012


The Village of Downers Grove adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 2007. Subsequently a Historic Preservation Plan was prepared and created in 2009. The Village was designated as a Certified Local Government by the State of Illinois in 2010. As such, the Village is beginning a building survey program. Downers Grove is located in DuPage County, approximately 25 miles from the City of Chicago, along the Burlington Northern Railroad. The Village has direct access to two major expressways, Interstates 88 and 355. It has a population of approximately 48,000 persons.

Downers Grove is a dynamic, mature community which saw substantial development in the early 20th Century and again in the 1960’s and 1970’s. For the last several decades, the Village has seen substantial redevelopment of its residential and downtown areas. Much of this redevelopment has had significant impacts on the character of the community’s residential neighborhoods. As such, Downers Grove adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 2007 to provide an additional tool to residents seeking to protect their neighborhoods.

This project shall begin the Village’s building survey program. The Survey should document the community’s buildings and identify their status as a historic resource. The Survey shall include photographs, descriptions of architectural styles and details, identify potential boundaries for historic districts and identify whether buildings would be contributing or non-contributing to a historic district.

The Village seeks to produce a Survey using the Architectural Design Review Board (ADRB) and the Historic Preservation Plan as major sources of input. The ADRB serves as the Village’s Historic Preservation Commission. The Village envisions the Survey process to include input from the ADRB and the public. The Village also envisions the use of volunteers to gather data and photographs for the consultant.

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