Read about our 2016 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 2016 winners here. You can see all years of award recipients here.

Clare and Ken Goerlich

Joe Antunovich Award for Leadership


Clare and Ken Goerlich have demonstrated their exceptional stewardship of historic properties through their work in the South Side German Historic District of Quincy.

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Conn’s Hospitality Group

Leadership Award


Over the last two decades, Conn’s Hospitality Group (CHG) has established itself as a steward of Springfield’s historic resources. (Photo of Karen and Court Conn above)

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Gibault High School Junior American History Project

Advocacy Award


During the 2014-15 school year, students in Gibault High School’s 1818 Saint Louis History course participated in a research project to trace the history of some of Waterloo’s most prized public buildings.

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Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

Restoration Award & President’s Award

23 E. Downer Place, Aurora

The City of Aurora has spent $2.8 million in local funding, as well as $700,000 in grants, to stabilize Aurora’s GAR Memorial Hall, Post 20, and restore the main floor and exhibit hall of the museum.

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Jail Hill Inn

Adaptive Use Award

319 Meeker St., Galena

The Jo Daviess County Jail was built in 1878 in Galena, IL. Galena-native Matthew Carroll bought the property and transformed it into a luxury inn that preserved the historic features of the jail along with modern conveniences.

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Adaptive Use Award

85 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

The LondonHouse Chicago project entailed the restoration and conversion of the London Guarantee and Accident Building — an exemplary, 1923 Beaux-Arts skyscraper designed by Alfred Alschuler — and the construction of a new, slender infill tower constructed on an adjacent site. The combined buildings serve as a 452-key hotel.

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Stone Avenue Train Station

Restoration Award

701 W. Burlington Ave., LaGrange

Hoping to save the Stone Avenue Station, a group of interested parties coalesced to restore the Stone Avenue Train Station to its former glory.

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Stony Island Arts Bank


6700 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago

After 30 years of vacancy, the rehabilitated Stony Island Trust & Savings Bank reopened in October 2015 as the Stony Island Arts Bank, a program site for artist Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation.

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Strand Apartments

Rehabilitation Award & Project of the Year

6321 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Strand Hotel, built between 1914 and 1915, was a prominent feature of Chicago’s thriving business district in the south side neighborhood of Woodlawn. The building now holds 53 studio, and one-bedroom apartments rented to low-income residents and also includes nine market-rate units.

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