Historic Preservation Studio: "Main Street Illinois"

ARCH 574 | Fall 2019
Associate Professor Paul Kapp


Municipalities across Illinois are adopting design guidelines in order for new building design to be congruent with the historic buildings and landscapes found in their historic districts. Design guidelines are documents that inform architects and developers of a municipality’s goals for preserving the historic character found in their commercial centers. There were two projects assigned to this studio. The first project was to produce a design guidelines document for a town or small city in Illinois. For the second project, students designed a multi-use building within a historic Illinois commercial district. This studio will introduce you to the Main Street Program, the National Register of Historic Places, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, the Historic Preservation Commission Review Process, the International Building Code, and the local planning ordinances and review processes.