2005 Award Recipients


Read about our 2005 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Recipients below.You can see all years of award recipients here.

Renaissance Initiative Inc, Danville

Project of the Year

After two decades of steadily declining property values—marked by widespread absentee ownership—the value of residential properties in Danville’s West Downtown neighborhood is on the rise, increasing by 10 percent in the past few years

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American Bankers Building, Jacksonville

Award for Adaptive Use

Older office buildings can be a challenge to reuse, particularly in smaller communities where the demand for office space has waned. From the 1920s through the 1990s, this two-story, limestone-clad structure was occupied by a bank and, later, an insurance company.

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Clarke House, Chicago

Award for Exterior Restoration

This Greek Revival-style residence, which dates to 1836, was the first building in the city to be designated as a local Chicago Landmark. The house was relocated to the Prairie Avenue Historic District in 1977, which included a widely-publicized move over still-functioning El tracks.

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East School, Pittsfield

Award for Clock Tower Restoration

This building is one of the nation’s few remaining Civil War-era schoolhouses. It was designed by Chicago architect John Mills Van Osdel, who was one of the state’s first professional architects. Six years after the building’s completion in 1865, a clock tower was constructed to house a 3,000-pound cast-bronze school bell.

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Emery House, Elmhurst

Award for Rehabilitation

This single-family residence was designed in 1903 by Walter Burley Griffin for his high school classmate, William Emery, Jr. Over the next 90 years, Griffin’s original multi-level Prairie School design was altered by several additions, including a two-story sun room and garage.

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Jackson Park Animal Bridge, Chicago

Publics Works Project

In a city known for its innovative bridge designs, this is one of the most fanciful examples of a bridge type in Chicago. It was the winning entry in a 1903 competition sponsored by the South Park Commission.

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Old McLean County Courthouse, Bloomington

Award for Dome Restoration

The towers and domes of county courthouses are visual landmarks in town squares across the state. One such structure is the old McLean County Courthouse, which was designed in 1903 by Reeves & Baillie.

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Riverbank Laboratories, Geneva

Award for Rehabilitation

The field of cryptology can trace its roots to Col. George Fabyan and his laboratory campus along the Fox River. The nine-acre campus includes three historically significant buildings: two laboratory buildings for conducting scientific research in acoustics and engineering and an early 1900s bungalow was used as lodging for staff and visitors.

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Zook Home and Studio Relocation, Hinsdale

Award for Advocacy

R. Harold Zook was one of the most prolific architects in the Chicago area during the early 20th century. His designs include the St. Charles City Hall, the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, and hundreds of other structures, including nearly 50 residences in his hometown of Hinsdale.

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