Accomplishments

Projects, Donations and Events of 2023

1981

Applied for designation as a local Historic District.

1982

Hosted the first Historic Elgin House Tour.

1985–2002

Purchased and rehabbed five properties, restoring them to single family.

1990

Coordinated efforts for the erection of a gazebo in Gifford Park.

1998

Applied for a Neighborhood Improvement Grant to have historically designed street signs added to the neighborhood. Also coordinated perennial flower plantings at several key intersections.

1999–2000

Begin a tree planting program which resulted in the addition of more than 100 new street trees.

2008

Completed a Neighborhood Master Plan to be incorporated into the City of Elgin Master Plan.

2008

Received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award.

1983

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Held the first architectural salvage (70 more since)

1983 & 2014

Historic District entryway signs erected.

1993

Obtained funding for historic street lights in the neighborhood using an IDOT grant.

1997

Held the first Great Unveiling event.

2003

Acquired a vacant corner parcel and transformed it into a small neighborhood Pocket Park.

2007

Received Landmarks Illinois prestigious Richard H. Driehaus award.

2009

Elgin was recognized by This Old House magazine s one of the best places to buy a “fixer-upper” home.

2019

Supported the creation of a the Eastside Neighborhood Garden at the corner of Channing and North Streets.

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Elgin, IL 60120

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