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.

2017 Award Recipients

See photos from our 2017 Award Ceremony.

2016 award winners

See photos from our 2016 Award Ceremony.

2015 award winners

See photos from our 2015 Award Ceremony.


2018 nominations coming soon!

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.

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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