1997 Award Recipients


Read about our 1997 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Recipients below. You can see all years of award recipients here.

Vincent L. Michael and the Historic Preservation Master’s Program at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago

For their 112 S. Michigan Ave. Ballroom Restoration Project – a restoration of the former dining room of the Illinois Athletic Club to its 1927 splendor.

Aroid House: Chicago Park District and John Eifler and Associates, Garfield Park

Revitalization of the Conservatory designed by Jens Jenson, one of the premier landscape architects of the Midwest.

Village of Elsah

The flood of 1993 devastated this National Register Historic District located along the Mississippi River. Today, thanks to the dedication of the people of the community and assistance from both public and private organizations, the 19th-century charm of the Village of Elsah once again shines.

Grosse Point Light Station, Evanston

This project owed much of its success to its curator, Donald J. Terras. Operating on a very limited budget, Terras sought funds tirelessly, even authoring a book on the history of the lighthouse and donating the proceeds to the restoration project.

Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA), Champaign

This volunteer-run salvage operation recently opened a warehouse to store and sell salvaged material ranging from pilasters to plumbing fixtures. Proceeds from the sales benefit other local historic preservation projects.

East Village Association, Chicago

Gladys Alcazar and Richard Anselmo organized a vocal and public support to save the historic Goldblatt’s Department store at 1635 W. Chicago Ave. They demonstrated unwavering commitment to the project despite many obstacles.

Lee Bey, Blair Kamin and Nancy Ryan

Bey of the Chicago Sun-Times and Kamin and Ryan of the Chicago Tribune were awarded for illuminating complex preservation issues for the public. These writers were awarded for their outstanding coverage of Chicago’s “Thirty Pending Landmarks.”

President’s Choice Award: Illinois Department of Transportation

For recognition of IDOT’s support and advocacy for the preservation of historic transportation corridors.

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