2013 Award Recipients


Read about our 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Award Recipients below. You can see all years of award recipients here.

Harper Theater, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation

The Harper Theater in Hyde Park at 5238 Harper Street was listed on Landmarks Illinois’ Chicagoland Watch List in 2008-09. After several failed attempts to revitalize this building, in 2011 the theater and adjacent buildings were rehabilitated into a four‐screen, 389 seat movie venue with adjoining multiple uses.

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Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, Columbia

Award for Education

The Kaskaskia-Cahokia trail, considered the first road in Illinois, linked all the French colonial villages in the Illinois Country, a route that Illinois Rt. 3 roughly follows today.

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Livingston County Courthouse, Pontiac

Award for Restoration

The 1875 courthouse, located at 112 W. Madison St., was in excellent condition on the exterior, but in need of restoration work on the interior after a remodeling was completed in the 1970s.

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Pomeroy Apartments, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation

The nine story apartment building built in 1923 and located at 1039 W. Hollywood Ave., sat vacant for six years in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. Originally purchased by the Chicago Housing Authority in 1966, it was recently designated as a flagship senior living center as part of CHA’s Plan for Transformation: to break down barriers that formerly separated public housing from the larger city.

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Pure Oil Building, Geneva

Award for Advocacy

Preservation Partners of Fox Valley has a history of working to preserve significant buildings and objects such as the Riverbanks Lab and the 1893 Viking Ship. Most recently, PPFV worked to preserve the 1937 Pure Oil Station in Geneva, located at 514 W. State St.

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Walgreens Drug Store, Chicago

Award for Adaptive Use

This project included the adaptive use of the Noel State Bank Building at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. built in 1920 and designed by Gardner Coughlen. The building had been abandoned for seven years and was in a terrible state of disrepair.

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Washington Square Apartments, Moline

Award for Rehabilitation

A group of five rowhouses constructed in 1872 to house executives of the John Deere Company had suffered decades of deterioration, a series of threatened demolitions, foreclosure and had sat vacant for six years. In 2009, the building at 316 17th St. was acquired by the City of Moline with TIF and Federal stimulus funds for rehabilitation for mixed-income apartments and five two-bedroom duplexes.

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Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville

Award for Rehabilitation – President’s Award

The Wildey Theatre at 252 N. Main St. first opened as an opera house in 1909. The theatre had been used for many different purposes, the last being a flea market before it closed in 1986.

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Randolph Tower, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation – Project of the Year

The Randolph Tower at 188 W. Randolph St. is a 1920s‐era skyscraper designed by the Chicago firm Karl M. Vitzthum & Co. in the Gothic Revival Style. After World War II the building served as an office and retail center and underwent numerous renovations as ownership consistently changed.

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