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.

Join Landmarks Illinois for the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration Saturday, October 22 as nine outstanding projects will be honored for their excellence in historic preservation in Illinois. Click here for more information.

View our 2016 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 July 1.

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


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

2016 Nomination Guidelines

Download the 2016 nomination form

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