Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

Each year, Landmarks Illinois honors nine outstanding examples of excellence in Illinois historic preservation with the 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.

Call for nominations

Landmarks Illinois is now taking nominations for the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2017. Read more about the nomination process below.

2017 Award Ceremony

Landmarks Illinois will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards at a ceremony on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Venue 610 , 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Event information:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Award Winner Panel Discussion
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Cocktail and Hors D’oeuvres Reception

See last year’s Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award winners below.

View our 2017 award winners


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 may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee. Self nominations are also accepted.

The deadline for Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award nominations is June 1, 2017.

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

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