The Joliet Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) is an advisory board to the City which was established with the Historic Preservation Ordinance of 1990 and subsequent amendments. The JHPC evaluates historic properties and structures for nomination as Local Landmarks, or part of Local Historic Districts. Once nominated, the Commission recommends to the City Council the properties or structures that should be designated as Local Landmarks or as Local Historic Districts; the City Council then makes the final determination.
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The Commission is made up of twelve (12) volunteer members who are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Of these members, nine are voting members who must reside in the City of Joliet. In order to serve as a voting member, a person must be a qualified elector of the City and have been an actual resident of the City of Joliet for at least one (1) year immediately preceding appointment. The voting members of the Commission shall be appointed on the basis of demonstrated expertise, experience, or interest in the areas of anthropology, architecture, art, building construction, engineering, finance, historical and architectural preservation, history, law, community development, planning, real estate, and related professions.
The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, may appoint the remaining three to serve as are non-voting members. Such members shall be appointed on the same basis as voting members, but the non-voting members need not be residents of the City of Joliet. Non-voting members shall not hold any officer’s positions and all members shall serve a two (2) year term without pay and shall do so until their successors are duly seated and qualified.
The Commission Liaison to the City of Joliet is the Commission Secretary, a City Planner. The voting members appoint a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from among its voting members for terms of one year. The Chairman presides over meetings and in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman performs the duties of the Chairman.
Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month, Council Chambers
Committee of the Whole Workshop, 6:15 p.m.
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
JHPC Meeting Dates [PDF]
Agendas & Minutes
Districts | Landmarks | Resources
Mid-Century Modern Homes In Joliet
Historic Postcards & Snapshots
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The City of Joliet has a rich history that should be enjoyed by all its residents, as well as visitors.
What Is Historic Preservation?
Local landmarks, in the form of buildings, structures, and sites, collectively form our cultural heritage. Recognizing this cultural heritage is important to honor the past and to understand the present and future. Historic preservation seeks to continually identify, preserve and protect landmarks that make up our cultural heritage for our use, education, observation, and pleasure. Historic preservation is present on national, state and local levels.