Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

For the past 26 years, the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards has honored individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation. A generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation enables Landmarks Illinois to present nine awards annually in categories for stewardship, rehabilitation, restoration and advocacy along with the distinguished Project of the Year Award and the Joe Antunovich Award for Leadership. The awards ceremony is held each fall.


Landmarks Illinois will celebrate the 2019 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards over a two-night event October 17  & 18.

Panel Discussion

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 17, Landmarks Illinois will host a pre-ceremony panel discussion featuring preservation professionals and select 2019 award recipients. The panel will focus on the positive impact the 2019 award-winning preservation projects have had on the people who spearheaded them and those who work, live and spend time in these historic spaces. The public is invited to this panel discussion to hear stories of people saving important places in their Illinois communities.



Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m.


Chicago Architecture Center
111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago



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Awards Ceremony

The following evening, Friday, Oct. 18, Landmarks Illinois will hold its highly attended, feel good event of the year, the annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Ceremony. Like the panel discussion, the celebration is open to the public. Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and inspiring program featuring exceptional preservation projects. The ceremony offers the opportunity to hear first hand from the people who preserve Illinois’ historic places!


Friday, October 18
6-9 p.m.


Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater and GAR Rotunda
78 E. Washington St., Chicago


LI members: $45-$50
Non LI members: $60

Register for the Awards Ceremony

2019 Award Recipients

Learn about our 2019 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Recipients. You can also read our 2019 press release here. (Pictured: Jennifer Spence in front of the Rise Above It Bakery & Cafe in Carterville)

2019 Award Recipients

Previous Award Recipients

Learn about award recipients of the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards from 1994 to today.

Award Recipients

Watch the 2018 Awards Ceremony

Watch the 2018 Awards Panel Discussion

The panel discussion, “Stories from the Past & Present: 25 Years of People Saving Places,” was moderated by Joe Antunovich of Antunovich Associates. Panelists were: Katie Kim of The Kim Group, Michael Rachlis of Rachlis Durham Duff Adler & Peel, and Gail White of White & Borgognoni Architects.

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