Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

Each year, Landmarks Illinois honors nine outstanding examples of excellence in Illinois historic preservation with the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards, which aim to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources. A generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation enables Landmarks Illinois to honor these individuals, organizations, projects and programs.

Award recipients are honored annually at an awards ceremony in the fall.

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View recipients of the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards from 1994 to today. (Pictured: Revel Motor Row, recipient of a 2018 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation.)

Award Recipients


Each year, Landmarks Illinois and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation honor individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. Nominated projects must be located in Illinois and have been completed within the last five years. Incomplete projects will not be considered. Nominations for the 2018 awards were submitted by June 1, 2018.

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Awards are presented in the following categories:


An effective local or statewide campaign to preserve and protect a historic resource

  • Communication
  • Community Effort/Grassroots Campaign
  • Education


Individual, municipality, private organization, or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning, or public policy

  • Emerging Leader
  • Professional
  • Volunteer
  • Lifetime Achievement


Projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure

  • Adaptive Use
  • Rehabilitation
  • Restoration
  • Stabilization
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability Preservation Awards


An elected official who champions historic preservation policy, programs and funding and/or financial incentives recognizing the importance of preserving Illinois’ heritage.

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