The Historic Preservation Commission has recently completed an architectural and historical survey of the community. To learn more about the survey, click on the following:
River Forest is an historic community committed to protecting, preserving and promoting its rich heritage. Structures in River Forest include historical styles such as Gothic Revival, Victoria, Prairie School, Tudor Revival, Bungalows, Buurma Built, Art Deco, and Moderne. Some of these homes were designed by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, William Drummond, Spencer and Powers, E.E. Roberts, and their contemporaries.
See below for additional information regarding historic preservation including:
- Historic Preservation Ordinance
- Significant Properties List
- Landmark Designation Process
- Historic District
- Preservation Resources
The Village's Historic Preservation Ordinance establishes the Historic Preservation Commission, identifies the landmark designation and certificate of appropriateness process, and requires the review of Significant Properties for which repair, rehab, reconstruction, restoration, or demolition is proposed prior to permit approval.
The Historic Preservation Commission has designated 298 homes as Significant Properties. Any construction work on these properties must be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. While the Commission cannot prevent construction or alter proposed plans, the Commission has 45 days to review the application and make recommendations in order to preserve the historical and architectural significance of the property and neighborhood.
Below are documents outlining the landmark designation process.
- Designating a River Forest Landmark
- Landmark Nomination Process
- Landmark Process Flow Chart
- How to Research Your River Forest Home
- Guide to Completing the Landmark Nomination Form
- Landmark Nomination Form
River Forest has a locally established historic district. The district stretches irregularly from the east at Harlem Avenue to the west at the Des Plaines River and from Division Street to the north to Washington Boulevard and comprises approximately 860 properties.
- Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
- National Register of Historic Places
- Landmarks Illinois
- The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest