The first thing to know is, it isn’t only very old houses and other buildings that can earn the distinction of being a Local Landmark — buildings of many styles, from many periods, can be “landmarked.” Landmarking your house not only makes others aware of its historic value, but is also an essential step toward preserving your home for future generations to enjoy.  It can also confer substantial tax advantages.  We at the Museum can help you apply for landmark status for your house, including helping you find out some of the historical information you’ll need to fill in on the landmark application. It is the Village of Wilmette’s Historic Preservation Commission, however, that oversees the nominations for Local Landmark status. Here is a list of criteria for landmark status, as well as the Landmark Application Form.  To learn more, contact us at or directly contact the liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission at 847-853-7522.