2023 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Leadership
For the last decade, Resource Bank has shown a deep commitment to historic preservation, community engagement and sustainable growth in small-town America. The locally-owned bank headquartered in DeKalb practices merge respect for local heritage with modern banking practices, repurposing historic buildings into local bank branches that also provide free community gathering spaces. The bank has repurposed the former Quilhot Schoolhouse in Shabbona, the former Eakin Schoolhouse in Hampshire, the former Frederick Townsend Garage in Sycamore and the former Rollo One-Room Schoolhouse in Leland into bank locations. The branches have positively and sustainably impacted the local economies, encouraging new business and beautification efforts as well as providing social infrastructure and reducing the demand for new construction. Resource Bank’s Sycamore branch location was renovated using federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
(Photo: Resource Bank Shabbona Branch. Former Quilhot Schoolhouse. Photo Courtesy: Resource Bank)