Get a House Plaque

The purpose of the Elgin Heritage Commission Heritage Plaque Program is to identify and promote awareness and appreciation of those buildings in Elgin that have historical and/or architectural value.

The program is indicative of the pride Elgin has in its past and its desire to preserve the history for future generations. Under the auspices of the Elgin Heritage Commission, the program was initiated in 1985 in celebration of Elgin’s 150th anniversary. 

To start, get an application on the City of Elgin’s website. To fill out this application, you will need to do some research on your home. You can do it yourself – there are many resources available – or you can pay a professional to do it for you. Then, turn in your application with a $65 fee to the City of Elgin. The Heritage Commission will review your application at their monthly meeting. 

The Gifford Park Association will reimburse you up to $100 for fees incurred to get your plaque. Email [email protected] for info.

Get an Application

Download an application from the City of Elgin website.

Research Resources

A list complied by the City of Elgin to help you with research.

Hire a Researcher

Contact historical architectural researcher, Rebecca Hunter.

See every house in Elgin that has a plaque in an interactive map.

PO Box 928

Elgin, IL 60120

[email protected]

Join the Gifford Park Association

Joining the Gifford Park Association is free and open to anyone who appreciates historic preservation!