Landmarks Illinois Will Honor Nine Statewide Preservation Projects in October

September 22, 2016

Media Contact:
Kaitlyn McAvoy
Communications Manager, Landmarks Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – Landmarks Illinois, a membership-based nonprofit advocating for the protection of historic and architecturally significant properties throughout the state, will honor nine exceptional historic preservation projects next month at the Landmarks Illinois 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration. Taking place Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at Venue One in Chicago, the award celebration will pay tribute to the people who went through extraordinary efforts to save, restore, rehabilitate and reuse historic places in Illinois.

“The people behind these projects emulate leadership, perseverance and vision,” said Landmarks Illinois President and CEO Bonnie McDonald. “Through their work in historic preservation, our award winners have transformed once vacant and forgotten buildings into vibrant community spaces. These are the people saving places.”

More About 2016 Award Winners

The Landmarks Illinois 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Project of the Year Award will go to the Strand Apartments, located at 6321 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. The former hotel built in 1914-15 was once a large part of Woodlawn’s vibrant jazz scene. The building later suffered from decades of neglect before being purchased by Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, which rehabilitated the building into retail space and affordable housing for the people of the Woodlawn neighborhood. The building, now restored to feature much of the original Classical Revival-style character, is an inspiring example of how historical preservation can spark positive redevelopment and reuse in Illinois communities.

“Our Project of the Year is always a challenging decision, but the jury was unanimous in selecting the Strand Apartments,” said McDonald. “The Holsten team, and those supporting the project, deserves high commendation for delivering a project showing how preservation serves people. Where there was once only a vacant building, Woodlawn neighbors now have new units of housing, an art gallery as well as a local service provider helping guide residents to community resources. This is all housed in a sustainably reused place that shines a light on Chicago’s music history.”

A full list of the award winners is below. Visit our website here to view details on each award-winning project.

Clare and Ken Goerlich, Quincy

Joe Antunovich Award for Leadership

Conn’s Hospitality Group, Springfield

Award for Leadership

Gibault High School, Junior American History Project, Waterloo

Award for Advocacy

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, Aurora

President’s Award for Restoration

Jail Hill Inn, Galena

Award for Adaptive Use

LondonHouse, Chicago

Award for Adaptive Use

Stone Avenue Train Station, La Grange

Award for Restoration

Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago

Award for Rehabilitation

Strand Apartments, Chicago

Project of the Year Award for Rehabilitation

About the Awards

The Landmarks Illinois Annual Preservation Awards are generously funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Since 1994, the awards honor people throughout Illinois working to preserve historic places. This year’s winners will be presented with their award at the event and a $1,000 prize.

The awards ceremony at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL, is open to the public and will kick off with a panel discussion on historic preservation called “From Vacant to Vibrant.” The panel, moderated by Landmarks Illinois Board Chair Will Tippens, will feature some of this year’s award winners who will share stories of their inspiring preservation efforts. The full event schedule follows:

4 – 5 p.m.

Award Winner Panel Discussion

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

7 – 8 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception

Tickets for the Landmarks Illinois 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration range from $35-$40 for Landmarks Illinois members and are $50 for non-members. To RSVP, click here or visit our Events page on our website Landmarks.org. You can also RSVP by calling Landmarks Illinois at 312-922-1742.

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