2021 Award Recipients

2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

Read about our 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Recipients below. View a full list of 2021 winners here. Help us honor our 2021 award recipients at our in-person and virtual awards ceremony on Friday, October 22, 2021. Learn more.

Mercer County Carnegie Library, Aledo

Award for Adaptive Reuse

Former Aledo residents Crista and William J. Albertson transformed the historic library building in the National Register-listed Downtown Aledo Historic District into a tech center and co-working facility  — a project that serves as a model for future economic development projects in the rural community.

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Epiphany Center for the Arts, Chicago

Award for Adaptive Reuse

Developers and husband and wife team David Chase & Kimberly Rachal reused an 1885 Episcopal church to open an arts center for visual, performing and culinary arts, saving the historic building in the process and creating an active and accessible community space on Chicago’s West Side.

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Pullman Artspace Lofts, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation

Two historic structures and one new construction building in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood have been combined to create 38 work/live apartment units that serve veterans, low-income artists and individuals with supported services. The project, possible through a dynamic partnership between Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Pullman Arts and Pullman Artspace Lofts, included an extensive community engagement process and signals the revitalization of the historic industrial community on Chicago’s Far South Side.

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Union Station, Chicago

Award for Restoration

Ten years in the making, this large-scale project spearheaded by Amtrak and Goettsch Partners restored the architecturally significant, 96-year-old landmark’s Great Hall, massive vaulted skylight and other areas to its original integrity and beauty, while enhancing the station’s functionality through engineering innovations and new materials.

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West Pullman School Senior Housing, Chicago

Award for Adaptive Reuse

A three-building school complex, built in 1894, 1900, and 1923, respectively, in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood has been creatively reused as affordable senior housing. The project, led by developer Scott Henry of Celadon Holdings, LLC and UrbanWorks, has successfully preserved the more than 120-year-old building that has continuously served as an important anchor in one of the nation’s first planned industrial communities.

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Nauvoo Historic Residences, Nauvoo

Award for Restoration

Four residences have been restored & rebuilt to reflect their original mid-1800s character in the religiously significant small city of Nauvoo, home to the nationally-recognized cultural center for scholarship on the traditions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. New exhibits at the residences educate visitors on the history of pioneer life in Illinois and of the unique role historic Nauvoo played in the settlement of a community seeking religious freedom in this picturesque corner of Illinois.

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Tiger Senior Apartments, Paris

Award for Adaptive Reuse

The 100-year-old former Paris High School was rehabilitated and converted into low-income senior housing named after the school’s former mascot. The City of Paris, dedicated to saving this beloved and significant local landmark, partnered with the nonprofit Laborer’s Home Development Corp. to make this project possible. Today, nearly half of the residents in the 42-unit apartment building are former Paris High School students.

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Duncan Manor, Towanda

Award for Stewardship

Through passion and creativity, David and Randi Howell have restored the 1866 Italianate farmhouse on old Route 66 near Towanda, once listed on Landmarks Illinois’ Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. The couple revived the once inhabitable local landmark, creating a popular and iconic destination for tours, concerts, weddings and other community events.

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Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Waukegan

Award for Adaptive Reuse

Architecture firm JGMA led the innovative project to transform a vacant former Kmart store, long seen as a disposable building ready for the landfill, into a vibrant campus for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, which provides education opportunities and professional mentoring to minority families living below poverty level. The project symbolizes an expanded definition of preservation where no building is overlooked for its reuse potential and where inclusion, equity and environmental sustainability are prioritized.

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