Quincy Preserves presents a number of programs, resources, and educational opportunities to the community. Areas of focus include our Facade Programs, our Plaquing Program, and Quincy Preserves Scholarships.
NEW! Historic Building Restoration Grants
Quincy Preserves makes donations each year to not-for-profit 501c3 organizations who own historic buildings in need of restoration. Organizations requesting funds must complete the form below and send it along with photos of needed repairs and copies of contractor estimates to PO Box 1012, Quincy, IL 62306-1012 or via email to [email protected].
Quincy Preserves Donation Request Form (.docx file)
NEW! Private Home Facade Renovation Funding Program
Members of Quincy Preserves now have an opportunity to receive funding to renovate their private home within Quincy’s historic districts through a new Quincy Preserves Private Home Facade Renovation Grant Program.
A homeowner must be a paid member of Quincy Preserves for at least 12 months prior to the date of their application for funding. Priority preference will be given to applicants who commit in writing to open their home for one of Quincy Preserves’ tours following the completion of the granted project. Preference will also be given to Quincy Preserves plaqued structures and to residences Landmarked by the Quincy Preservation Commission or the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The home must have been constructed between 1830 and 1950.
The Private Home Facade program is restricted to private homes within the historic districts of Quincy. The program aims to assist homeowners in restoring period architectural design details and characteristics of building facades and correcting property maintenance code violations relating to a building’s facade. The grant amount is $1,000 and must be matched. It will be made available annually until the budgeted funds for that year are depleted.
Applications may be downloaded here: Private Home Facade Application
Printed applications are also available at the Preservation Commission office at 706 Maine Street, third floor.
Commercial Facade Program
Attention Commercial Building Owners: Quincy Preserves, Inc. sponsors a Facade Program that provides financial assistance for the restoration of period architectural design details on commercial building facades located in the historic Quincy business district.
Financial assistance is in the form of a low-interest loan for twenty-five percent (25%) of the approved facade improvement cost to be repaid to the program and a grant for another twenty-five (25%) of the approved facade improvement cost. The property owner is responsible for the remaining fifty percent (50%) of the facade project’s cost. Total grant and loan assistance is limited to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per facade project.
Some of the properties that have participated in this program are: 648 Maine Street, 111 Jail Alley, 132 North 8th Street, 236 North 6th Street, 833 Kentucky Street, 424 South 8th Street, 117 Hampshire Street, 119 North 6th, and 110 North 6th
Quincy Preserves Facade Program Guidelines
Quincy-Preserves-Facade-Program-Guidelines-2018 (.docx file)
The Quincy Preserves Plaquing program was restarted in 2001 after having been inactive since 1996. Started in the early 1970s, the program had plaqued over 100 residences, churches and other structures in Quincy.
The Plaquing Committee considers the nominated houses and buildings then gives their recommendations to the Quincy Preserves, which then chooses the most historically significant structures to receive plaques. The bronze, 10×7 inch plaques are then awarded to the owners of the structures at our annual meeting at the beginning of the year.
The Plaquing Committee will begin considering structures in Quincy and Adams County for plaquing in the fall. Those chosen will be awarded at the March annual meeting. We need a few energetic new members for the committee, so please volunteer if interested. Also, we are always interested in suggestions of buildings/homes/structures worthy of being plaqued.
- View 2018 Plaque Awards
- View 2017 Plaqued Homes
- View 2014 Plaqued Homes
- View 2013 Plaqued Homes
- View 2012 Plaqued Homes
- View 2011 Plaqued Homes
- View 2010 Plaqued Homes
- View 2009 Plaqued Homes
Quincy Preserves Scholarships
Applications for a $1,000 Quincy Preserves scholarship are sent to Quincy and Adams County high school counselors’ offices. Quincy Preserves has awarded seven scholarships in the last three years. By offering these scholarships, the board hopes to encourage an awareness of historic preservation among young people, but applicants need not be planning a career in the field. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and an essay responding to questions devised by the board.
Scholarship Award Recipients
Current Scholarship Winners
The 2017 scholarship recipients are Grace Ruxlow and Ginny Steinkamp.
Past Scholarship Winners
- Katie Churchill Lentz, Quincy Senior High School
- Madison Steinkamp, Quincy Notre Dame High School
- Jacob Smith, Camp Point Central High School
- Emma Ritter, Quincy Notre Dame High School
- Brenna Webster, Quincy Senior High School
- Christina Goehl, Quincy Senior High School
- Rebecca Smith, Camp Point Central High School
- Kristin Spurrier, Quincy Senior High School
- Kelsey Martin, Liberty High School
- Mitchell Fairley, Quincy Senior High School,
- Janelle Wooten, Quincy Senior High School
- Courtney Moline, Quincy Senior High School
- Katie Ary, Quincy Notre Dame High School
Historic District Sidewalk Surveys
An annual program to keep tabs on Quincy’s Architectural Heritage.