2017 Award Winners

2017 RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION PRESERVATION AWARD WINNERS

Read about our 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Winners below. Award winners exemplify extraordinary stories of people saving special places throughout our state and show how historic restoration has a positive impact on communities, the environment and the people of Illinois. You can also view a full list of 2017 winners here.

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Aurora St. Charles Senior Living, Aurora

Award for Rehabilitation

(Photo credit: Leslie Schwartz)

The rehabilitation of the former St. Charles Hospital included cleaning and repairing the original Art Deco-style brick, limestone and terra cotta exterior and restoring and converting the original chapel and balcony to a community room for the building’s residents.

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All Saints Episcopal Church, Chicago

Award for Restoration

This ambitious project for the church built in 1884 included replacing the wooden foundation with concrete, stabilizing the original bell tower with an innovative system of steel straps and removing 100 years of stucco to reveal the original wood siding.

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Charles Staples, Chicago

Joe Antunovich Award for Leadership

Charles Staples was an early advocate for the rehabilitation and reuse of the former Chicago Public Library, now the Chicago Cultural Center. Staples still serves as a volunteer guide and tour docent at the Chicago Landmark.

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Rosenwald Court Apartments, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation of Rosenwald includes a mix of senior housing and affordable residential housing and office and retail space, encompassing over half a million square feet in all.

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Friends of the Edwards House, Downers Grove

Project of the Year Award for Advocacy

Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Edwards House, a number of landmarked properties in Downers Grove grew exponentially, from 2 to 15 over two years. The Village has also come to view historic preservation as a positive value and community priority.

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Joliet Central High School, Joliet

Award for Rehabilitation

This modern and engaging space, which did not compromise the original structure and respected the historic details of the highly significant and much-loved 1901 school building, now serves as a point of pride for students and the broader community.

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Unity Temple, Oak Park

Award for Restoration

The transformative restoration of this internationally renowned work allows for the continued use for worship by the congregation, improved experience for architectural tourists and improved functionality for community programming.

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Cooperage 214, Peoria

Award for Adaptive Use

This project transformed a former 27,000-square-foot cooperage factory in Peoria’s downtown warehouse district into attractive office space and 18 luxury apartments.

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District 2 Police Station, Rockford

President’s Award for Adaptive Use

Rockford’s former Turner School has been transformed into a new police station. With meeting rooms, a gym and a stage available to the public, the renovated school has resulted in a welcoming space that encourages neighborhood interaction with the police.

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