A key part of the mission of Preservation Partners includes offering a variety of preservation education programs and resources to the Fox Valley community. Our organization also provides critical support to individuals and community organizations who are advocating the protection and preservation of significant sites, structures, and open spaces.
Old House Support Group
Founded in 1991, this informal group is designed to assist owners of historic buildings to meet a variety of renovation challenges. In addition to library programs on specific preservation topics, we schedule occasional visits to older homes in the Fox Valley where on-site viewing of the rehab process is both practical and inspiring.
Preservation Resource Library
Located in our Beith House headquarters in St. Charles, this library houses a large selection of books, professional journals and articles on a variety of preservation issues, including American architecture, decorative arts, design guidelines, and community histories. The general public is welcome to browse during regular Beith House hours, Mon-Thurs, 9- 3 PM. Appointments are recommended. Visitors may also view the first floor of the Beith House which demonstrates a variety of restoration tools and techniques.
Preservation Partners offers a variety of programs at local libraries and community centers on topics related to historic preservation, local architecture and restoration challenges. Recent programs have focused on Japanese Garden design, historic landscaping, and the teardown-infill trend.
Expert guides from PPFV offer historic walking tours each spring and fall, targeting a specific neighborhood to focus on the historic structures, from modest to monumental, that populate these precincts. The emphasis is on preservation successes, such as recent renovations, compatible additions, and appropriate landscaping projects. Sometimes the tours focus on specific issues such as relocated homes – Geneva on the Move – or on Gorgeous Garages, highlighting great sites that suggest, by example, what not to do. All tours are free of charge.
Preservation Partners seeks to heighten public awareness of the wealth of architecturally significant structures in the greater Fox Valley; in many cases, we recruit local “partners” to strengthen our efforts advocating saving, and restoring, a site. In 2008, we were very involved raising funds – and awareness – of the 1893 Viking Ship in Good Templar Park. Our leadership efforts in preserving this artifact were recognized in 2009 with a Richard Driehaus Award. Again in 2013, the Driehaus Award was presented to PPFV for marshalling grassroots efforts to save, and restore, the 1937 Pure Oil Station in downtown Geneva. We welcome the involvement of any and all friends and members of Preservation Partners in our community preservation initiatives. Please contact our office if you have concerns about a local site, or wish to support current campaigns to save a structure.