Historic and Cultural Resources

Julia Bachrach produces a broad range of cultural resource studies, planning reports, and landmark nominations. Landmark designation can provide preservation incentives to property owners and often inspires enthusiasm among community members. Historic and cultural resources that are designated landmarks or eligible for designation may be subject to review for compliance with preservation guidelines and laws. Historic research and documentation can also provide meaningful information to urban planning initiatives. 

Julia has extensive experience relating to professional historic documentation and writing reports.  She has produced dozens of successful nomination forms for buildings, landscapes, artworks and districts as local landmarks, National Register of Historic Places designations and National Historic Landmarks.  She assesses eligibility prior to undertaking the extensive research, documentation, and writing required in nomination processes.  Examples of her nomination forms include the Theodore Rozek House in the National Register of Historic Places and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago’s Lincoln Park which is a National Historic Landmark.


In addition to preparing nominations for local landmarks, the National Register of Historic Places, and National Historic Landmarks, Julia prepares culture resource surveys and studies for projects that require review under the provisions of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Act.

She provides documentation and writing for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS), as well as other urban planning studies and reports.  Prior to the demolition of the Chicago Park District Administration Building, Julia Bachrach produced HABS documentation of the administration building (with Elizabeth A. Patterson) now in the collections of the Library of Congress.