The Elgin Heritage Commission has opened nominations for the 2016 Mayor's Preservation Awards.
Nominations for the 2016 Elgin Mayor's Awards for Historic Preservation are now open.
The Heritage Commission holds the annual awards to honor contributions by Elgin residents who work to preserve the city's heritage.
Elgin's architecture, neighborhoods and history are highlighted by the awards as the Heritage Commission seeks to revitalize neighborhoods and downtown. To submit a nomination, residents can go online to cityofelgin.org/preservation, go to the Community Development Department at the Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex at 150 Dexter Court or call Christen Sundquist at 847-931-6004. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 26.
There are also four special awards: the Mayor George Van De Voorde Award, for an individual working toward preserving Elgin's heritage; the William Stickling Award, for innovative adaptive reuse of existing buildings; the Artisan Award, for a contractor, craftsperson or artisan; and the Henry Jensen Award, for the best of exterior or interior rehabilitation.
The winners will be selected by the Heritage Commission. The awards will be presented at 6 p.m. on May 3 at the annual Mayor's Awards for Preservation at The Haight, 166 Symphony Way. May is also National Preservation Month.