Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

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For the past 27 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 awards annually in various categories. The awards ceremony is held each fall.


The 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards took place October 22, 2021, at the Davis Theater in Chicago. The event welcomed both an in-person audience and a virtual one. The evening celebrated the nine, 2021 award-winning projects and the people who made them possible. Additionally, to honor the memory and creative spirit of the late Richard H. Driehaus, Landmarks Illinois’ longtime partner in preservation, Landmarks Illinois presented a special Richard H. Driehaus Legacy Award for Innovation to Cristo Rey St. College Prep.

Miss the event? Watch a recording of the ceremony here.

Or, click below to see photos from the event.

2021 Preservation Award Event Photos

2021 award recipients

Read about the nine exceptional preservation efforts around Illinois receiving awards this year.

(Pictured: David and Randi Howell, winners of a 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Stewardship, with their children at the Duncan Manor in Towanda.)

Learn about this year's winners!

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Previous Award Recipients

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

Past Award Recipients

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