Sangamon County Historic Preservation Commission (SCHPC) chair Chuck Pell has received the 2017 Illinois Commission Excellence Award in Leadership from the Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized by our peers from across the state,” said Pell, a Springfield architect. “I think this award represents what we as a commission have been able to accomplish in regards to identifying and preserving historic resources in our county.” During Pell’s time as chair, the SCHPC has undertaken the first comprehensive survey of historic rural sites in the county, developed the policies and procedures for county landmark status, and recently conducted an award-winning survey of pre-Civil War farmhouses, locating what is believed to be the oldest standing structure in Sangamon County. In addition to his work with SCHPC, Pell owns CJP Architects and is a past-president of Downtown Springfield, Inc.

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