Historic Site Plaquing
Thank you for inquiring about the process of plaquing an historic site or structure located in McHenry County. It is our hope that the application form will provide a lasting record of the property, site and structure.
Please complete as many items as possible. Not all questions will be applicable to your particular property. If you are uncertain of the meaning of any of the questions, please refer to the article below, "How to Confirm the Age of Your Home" and the reference book list. Contact the museum for any further guidance.
Please return the completed application, along with a current photograph and old photograph if available of the site or structure and copies of documentation to Historic Sites Committee, McHenry County Historical Society. P.O. Box 434, Union, IL 60180. If approved, the total cost of the plaque, approximately $120, is the responsibility of the property owner.
The application and photographs and copies of documentation will become the property of the McHenry County Historical Society. Upon receipt of the application, the committee will arrange a time to conduct a field investigation of the site. If you wish, you may make a presentation to the committee regarding the historic and/or architectural significance of the property.
Plaquing an historic site or structure is an excellent means of calling attention to the heritage of McHenry County. It is not a legal proceeding, and thus does not interfere with the buying and selling of the property. However, once plaqued, the plaque will remain with and on the structure or site...not with the owner of the property at the time of plaquing.
Plaquing by the McHenry County Historical Society does not make the site eligible for reductions in property taxes.
Plaquing also does not require you to open the site or structure to the public.
Plaquing does not prohibit the owner from altering the structure or site (i.e., remodeling or additions).
However, if the alterations detract from the architectural or historic integrity of the structure or site, and upon review, the Historic Sites Committee determines that the structure or site no longer meets the Minimum Standard for plaquing, you will forfeit your privilege of displaying the plaque on the structure or site.
Plaquing criteria for McHenry County Structures or Sites:
|Architectural Significance of a Building||20 points|
| Maintenance of a Building, Outbuildings or Site ||20 points|
|Historical Significance of a Building or Site||20 points|
|Conservation of Original Architectural Details, Decorative elements, Character of a Building||20 points|
|Age of a Building or Site||20 points|
1. Architectural significance: The building must be representative of a particular architectural style, construction technique and/or design.
2. Maintenance of a building or outbuildings: The overall or general condition of a building or site. Is the building kept painted, tuck pointed, and in good repair? (Building maintenance, however, should not detract from the structure's original appearance and character).
3. Historical significance of a building or site: The historic association of a building or site to local, state, and/or national history, county development and settlement patterns as well as associations with county residents.
4. Conservation of architectural elements: The preservation of original, distinctive details and characteristics which define the aesthetic and architectural integrity of a building.
5. Age of a building or site: The date the structure was built, and the date of any subsequent additions or remodeling. A site must be at least 50 years old to be considered for plaquing. This is the minimum age requirement used by the National Register of Historic Places.