We have openings on the Commission and are currently accepting applications for new Commissioners.
The BHPC is an advisory board to the City of Berwyn that was established by the Berwyn Historic Preservation Ordinance in 2007. The BHPC meets once per month in an open meeting at City Hall. Commissioners work to implement the Ordinance and to conduct a variety of projects, including nominating properties as local landmarks, assisting property owners with their own nominations, participating in and organizing local preservation activities, working with the local business community to promote preservation and adaptive reuse, and conducting historic resource surveys.
The BHPC is always looking for new ideas to make preservation relevant and essential for Berwyn’s future. We collaborate with the City of Homes Organization, the Berwyn Historical Society, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and other groups to foster the goals of preservation. Berwyn is also one of 77 Illinois Certified Local Governments, which gives Berwyn access to state and federal resources, grants, and assistance in preservation issues.
The Commission is made up of 7 volunteer members who are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council to a staggered three year term. According to our ordinance, Commissioners must demonstrated expertise in at least one of the disciplines of history, architectural history, art history, architecture, architectural history, historic architecture, engineering, planning, law, real estate, historic preservation or a related field. “Demonstrated expertise” must include at least one of the following:
(1) A graduate degree in one of the enumerated disciplines; or
(2) A bachelor's degree in one of the enumerated discipline plus at least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, management, or other demonstrable professional activity within an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, government agency, or private corporation; or
(3) At least five years of full-time employment experience in one of the enumerated disciplines; or
(4) At least two years in a leadership role in a local, state or national preservation organization, museum, historical society, arts organization, or related organization.
Berwyn’s Commissioners, past and present, have an interesting range of backgrounds and bring a variety of skills to the BHPC. We have counted architects, lawyers, community volunteers, urban planners, art historians, and history teachers among our members. Depending on the projects underway, the time commitment for Commissions is approximately 5-20 hours per month.
Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a Commissioner. Please include a statement of why you are interested in the position, a description of how your background meets the qualifications listed above, and your resume.
Berwyn is now seeking proposals to prepare the historic landmark nomination for a future National Historic District of Berwyn Bungalows!
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