Contact Title:
Contact Name:
Vicki Dempsey
PO Box 1012
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
(217) 228-3165

Quincy, IL

Quincy Preserves

Preservation is for everyone! Remember: it’s your memory, and it’s our history! It’s worth saving and preserving!
Quincy Preserves is a totally volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich historical and architectural heritage of Quincy. Starting as an outgrowth of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts in the mid-1970s, Quincy Preserves has encouraged owners of historically and architecturally significant structures to restore and maintain them to their original condition. Through the years, Quincy Preserves has been involved in many projects with the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, the Quincy Preservation Commission, the German Village Society, the Friends of the Dr. Richard Eells House, Friends of the Castle, and the Friends of the Indian Mounds Pool and Park. Quincy Preserves also has provided financial assistance to many of the above organizations plus the YWCA, the Women’s City Club and the Quincy Public Library.
Quincy Preserves has a Plaquing Program to recognize significant structures in Quincy and Adams County. Since the program’s inception in the 1970’s, over 115 buildings that have been maintained with a high level of preservation integrity have been awarded a bronze 7x14 plaque for mounting on the front of the structure or in the yard. The plaques include the building’s year of construction and the names of the first owners. The Quincy Preserves Facade Program promotes the continued revitalization of commercial buildings within the Quincy central business district. The goal of the program is to financially assist in the restoration of period architectural design details and characteristics of building facades.
Ways to Give:
To support the many projects of Quincy Preserves, two annual architecture tours are conducted. The Behind Closed Door Tour takes place in October. Several private homes, churches or business buildings are selected for this tour and represent different architectural styles found in Quincy. The Christmas Candlelight Tour occurs in December and is a neighborhood walking tour featuring homes and businesses beautifully decorated for the holidays. Both tours create an awareness of how fortunate Quincy is to have so many architectural treasures.
Other projects of Quincy Preserves include: organizing and hosting an annual Preservation Expo to help educate the public on everything needed to know about preserving an old house or structure; sponsoring bus trips to house tours in other cities; and contributing to the publication cost of an architecture book on Quincy