Historic Districts

The Ridge Historic District, designated in 1976, runs through the heart of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood. With more than 3,000 buildings, it is one of the largest urban districts on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stunning homes were designed by many significant architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, George W. Maher, Walter Burley Griffin, Daniel Burnham, and Howard Van Doren Shaw. Designs represent every regional architectural style built between 1844 and World War II.

Located in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park are five individually designated Chicago Landmark homes: Iglehart House (1994), Adams House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1994), Frank Lloyd Wright’s two American System-Built Homes (1994); and Palliser’s Cottage Home #35 (1999). There are also many historic Chicago bungalows. Three Chicago Landmark Districts are found in the neighborhood.

The Longwood Drive Historic District runs along Seeley Avenue and Longwood Drive and is characterized by its rich mix of architectural styles that includes the community’s landmark Irish Castle, as well as Italianate, Gothic, Queen Anne, Prairie School and Renaissance Revival.

The Beverly/Morgan Park Railroad Station Historic District, designated in 1995, includes six commuter train stations built between 1889 and 1945. They are rare surviving examples of late 19th– and early 20th-century Chicago commuter stations.

The Walter Burley Griffin Place Historic District, designated in 1981, showcases the largest collection of Griffin’s Prairie Style work in America. The houses were built between 1909 and 1914.

The neighborhood also has many certified Historic Chicago Bungalows.

Vintage homes make Beverly Hills/Morgan Park an ideal choice for people who want to live in a piece of Chicago history. Incentives are available for eligible homeowners who wish to restore and improve their historic homes.

Landmark District Benefits and Responsibilities

Any proposed alteration, demolition, or new construction affecting individual landmarks or properties in Chicago landmark districts are subject to Chicago Landmarks Commission review as part of the permit review process. To verify if your home is in one of the Chicago landmark districts, refer to the Chicago Historic Resources Survey

Homes in the national (Ridge Historic) and Chicago landmark districts are eligible to participate in the Property Tax Freeze and Preservation Easement programs. Both programs offer significant tax incentives for historic preservation.

Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative

A Chicago bungalow is a single-family brick, one-and-one-half story residence with low pitched roof with overhang, full basement and generous windows. Built between 1910 and 1940, they have face brick with stone trim. The City of Chicago Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative offers financial incentives for purchasing, restoring and improving these homes once they are officially certified. Incentives include low cost loans; free architectural assistance and expedited permitting for owners engaged in restoration or rehabilitation; grants for owners to make their homes more energy efficient; and rehab tax credits for eligible owners. For information, email the HCBA, or call them at 312-642-9900.

Preservation Resources

Ridge Historical Society
10621 S. Seeley
Chicago IL 60643

RHS archives contain documented information on many neighborhood homes and the RHS can help with researching home histories. Open Tues., Thurs. and Sun. 2 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Chicago Dept. of Planning & Development
33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602
CCL provides information on individual landmarks, how to get landmark designation and the status of city landmarks.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
An excellent resource for information on architecturally and historically significant homes, staff can also assist in nominating buildings for the National Register and provide information on historic preservation and restoration.

Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 752
Chicago, IL 60604
LPCI is has a variety of programs to facilitate, educate, and promote historic preservation, including the Preservation Easement Program.

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association
1 N. LaSalle St., 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
The Association’s mission is to preserve the Historic Chicago Bungalow and assist homeowners, through education and resources, in adapting the bungalow to meet their current needs.