2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards: PRESS RELEASE


Kaitlyn McAvoy
Communications Manager, Landmarks Illinois


September 1, 2021

Preservation projects in Aledo, Chicago, Nauvoo, Paris, Towanda & Waukegan win awards from Landmarks Illinois

CHICAGO – Outstanding preservation efforts in the Illinois communities of Aledo, Chicago, Nauvoo, Paris, Towanda and Waukegan are the recipients of the 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. The nine award-winning preservation projects and people who made them possible will be honored at an in-person & virtual ceremony the evening of October 22 at the historic Davis Theater in Chicago.

“Our 2021 award-winning projects are models for what preservation can and should be: the creative, inclusive and sustainable reuse of our built environment promoting local job creation and community driven economic development,” said Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “The courageous and visionary people behind these innovative projects deserve recognition for transforming places to serve as equitable housing, accessible art and education centers, and lively gathering spaces that bring awareness to Illinois’ diverse history.”

2021 Award Winners

Learn more about the nine, 2021 award winners and how to attend the awards ceremony at our website, www.landmarks.org/events/richard-h-driehaus-foundation-preservation-awards/.

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 coworking facility for the in-demand services of technology education, recruiting and employment. The project serves as a model for future economic development projects in the rural community. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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, made 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. Learn more.

Chicago 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. Learn more.

West Pullman School Senior Community, Chicago: Award for Adaptive Reuse

A three-building school complex, built in 1894, 1900 and 1923, 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 historic buildings that have continuously served as an important anchor in one of the nation’s first planned industrial communities. Learn more.

Nauvoo Historic Residences, Nauvoo: Award for Restoration

Four residences have been restored & rebuilt to reflect their original mid-1800s character in the religiously significant 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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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 formerly uninhabitable local landmark, creating a popular and iconic destination for tours, concerts, weddings and other community events. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Awards ceremony event details

The 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. The awards ceremony will also be available as a virtual presentation to reach Landmarks Illinois’ broad base of constituents across Illinois.

The Davis Theater, built in 1918 and located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, is the longest continually operating theater in the city. The owners of the historic theater received a 2018 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation for their preservation efforts at the more than 100-year-old community landmark.

In addition to celebrating the award-winners, the event will feature a special tribute to honor the memory and creative spirit of the late Richard H. Driehaus, Landmarks Illinois’ longtime partner in preservation. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has generously underwritten Landmarks Illinois’ annual preservation awards program for the past 27 years. One of the 2021 selected winners will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Legacy Award for Innovation, which will be announced at the award ceremony.

The Landmarks Illinois 2021 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration is open to the public. Tickets are $50 for Landmarks Illinois members and $65 for non-members. Register for the in-person or virtual presentation by visiting our website or by contacting Tiffanie Williams, Director of Corporate Giving and Events at: events@landmarks.org.

More about the awards program

Since 1994, the annual Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards has honored individuals, projects and programs in Illinois whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in preservation. A jury of preservation professionals from across Illinois selected the 2021 winners based on the project’s positive impact in the community, how it inspires others to save places as well as degree to which the project aligns with Landmarks Illinois’ mission, values and guiding principles.

About Landmarks Illinois

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