Cost & Criteria


A $50 application fee, payable to the City of Elgin, must be submitted with your application. You will be informed by mail if your building has qualified, and the letter will confirm the wording on the plaque. The information will be given to our sign painter, and the plaque will be forwarded to you upon completion.

If you building does not qualify, your application fee will be refunded with an explanation of additional information needed.


For more information, call (847) 931-6004.


The following criteria are utilized by the Elgin Heritage Commission, in conjunction with your documentation when reviewing the application. To qualify for a plaque, a building must meet the following criteria and be at least 50 years old.

The building must score an average of six points in each of the following categories:

  • Architectural value - 10 points
    • Is the building a good example of a particular architectural style and/or construction technique, such as cobblestone, post and beam, paneled steel, or pre-fabricated housing?
    • Have the distinctive architectural details which originally contributed to the aesthetic character of the building been preserved or re-fabricated as closely as possible?
    • Do additions / alterations detract from or obscure the original architectural style, detailing, and/or construction technique?
  • Maintenance - 10 points
    • Are the building and its surrounding buildings and grounds well maintained?
    • Consider the condition of any siding, paint, roofing, fencing, sidewalks, drive, landscaping, and shrubbery.
  • Historical value - 10 points
    • Is the building associated with people, groups, or events that contributed to historical, economical, cultural, or social development of the city, state, and/or nation?
    • Is the building associated with organizations, such as fraternal organizations, clergymen / congregations, doctors, educators, artists, merchants, factory workers, builders, and/or political activists?
    • Is the building associated with local, state, and/or national settlement or development patterns?
    • Consider, for example, churches, schools, and commercial buildings, as well as neighborhoods or housing that resulted from such patterns as ethnic grouping, the location of business or industry, economic boom periods, and/or upward mobility.