Nominations for the 2024 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

We are pleased to announce that Landmarks Illinois is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards.

Our annual awards program honors outstanding preservation projects, individuals, organizations, and advocacy efforts that demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting the places that matter to the people and communities of Illinois. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has generously underwritten Landmarks Illinois’ annual preservation awards program since 1994.

All nominations will be considered for awards through the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards program. *Award recipients will be honored at a public ceremony in Chicago in October 2024. Recipients also receive a cash prize and a custom-designed trophy. 

*Details on the event will be announced at a later date.


Nominated projects must have been completed within Illinois' geographical boundaries within the last five years. Phased projects may be considered if the nominated phase is complete and can stand on its own merits.


· Nominations may be submitted in someone’s honor and/or without the knowledge of the nominee 

· Self-nominations will be accepted 

· Nominations that were not selected for awards in a previous year may be revised and resubmitted, provided the five-year time limit has not been exceeded.


Winners of the 2024 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards will be selected from the following categories:

ADVOCACY – An effective local or statewide campaign to preserve and protect a historic resource. 

· Communication/Publications · Community Effort/Grassroots Campaign · Education/Programming

LEADERSHIP—An individual, municipality, private organization or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning, or public policy.

• Emerging Leader • Professional • Legislator · Volunteer · Lifetime Achievement

PRESERVATION – Projects that make possible the continued use of historic commercial/industrial buildings, multi-family/affordable housing residences, public/institutional structures, or preserve a cultural heritage site.
  · Adaptive Use
  · Cultural Heritage Conservation
  · Rehabilitation
  · Restoration
  · Stabilization
  · Stewardship

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – Mitigation of climate change through preservation technologies.


One of the selected winners will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Legacy Award, which honors the memory of the late Richard H. Driehaus. The recipient of this esteemed award must demonstrate the immense power of preservation, following in the footsteps of Driehaus, who believed reusing places of our past creates positive change and motivates others to save important places.


Landmarks Illinois invites a jury of preservation professionals to review nominations for the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards. Landmarks Illinois strives to achieve balanced representation from various preservation disciplines throughout the state.

The nominees and projects that most closely emulate Landmarks Illinois’ values and Guiding Principles in preservation will receive the greatest consideration. 

Nominations are also judged on the following:

· Impact a project or person has had on an Illinois community
  · Quality and degree of difficulty of the project
  · Degree to which the project serves as an example of excellence in historic preservation and influences others
  · Degree to which the project aligns with Landmarks Illinois’ mission of People Saving Places for People
  · Degree to which the project or person supports diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and/or environmental sustainability
  · Innovative solutions to preservation including, but not exclusive to. creative partnerships or community engagement efforts, original programming, job creation or economic development, innovative adaptive reuse, best practices in sustainability or technologies that mitigate climate change, cultural sustainability or heritage conservation, and/or creative financing or funding sources


CONTACT:  Leila Wills, Landmarks Illinois Programs Manager --

Owners of properties protected by a preservation easement are required to obtain the approval of Landmarks Illinois before making alterations to the protected elements of the property. Please contact Landmarks Illinois prior to commencement of any work to ensure that proposed maintenance and alterations are in accordance with the easement agreement. If necessary, you will need to complete the followng Request for Alterations Form.  

Landmarks Illinois’ Easement Committee, a group comprised of historic preservation professionals, reviews proposed alterations to easement properties at their monthly meeting, which typically takes place the first Thursday of the month. The Request for Alterations Form and any additional materials need to be received by Landmarks Illinois at least one and a half weeks prior to the meeting (Monday of the prior week). 

Landmarks Illinois uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation when reviewing proposed alterations to easement properties. It is recommended that the applicant review the Standards prior to submitting this form.  

We encourage you to refer to Landmarks Illinois’ Illinois Restoration Resource Directory when looking to make repairs and alterations.

Contact:  Suzanne Germann, Director of Reinvestment · 312-922-1742 · 

Landmarks Illinois