Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards recognize and celebrate the "best of the best" in preservation projects across the country—projects that highlight cutting-edge preservation approaches or technologies. This is the highest national recognition bestowed upon a preservation project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Award winners will be honored at PastForward 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

Nominations for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards open November 14, 2018 and will be accepted through February 1, 2019 11:59 p.m. EST.

For inspiration, Learn more about past years' awardees.

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Eligibility

  • Nominated projects must have been completed within three years of the submission deadline.
  • Nominations submitted in previous years that were not selected to receive an award may be updated and resubmitted.
  • Nominations may be made without the knowledge of the nominee, but nominees must be present at the award ceremony to receive recognition.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted for all categories except the Crowninshield Award.
  • Properties owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation will not be considered, nor will individuals or groups of individuals for their work relative to National Trust properties.

Award Criteria

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award nominees are judged for the success they have achieved in the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of our architectural and cultural heritage. Winning projects demonstrate the immediate and long-term benefits of historic preservation by engaging any number of preservation tools in the furtherance of inclusive, healthy, and sustainable communities. These coveted awards represent the "best of the best" in preservation.

The general evaluation criteria include the following:

  • Impact of the nominee’s project or effort on the community, including economic impact
  • Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project or effort
  • Degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering, or serves as an example that influences others

Projects of all sizes and scale will be considered. Special consideration will be given to projects that use creative or innovative techniques to solve preservation problems and can serve as a replicable model for other projects.

Award Benefits

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary registration for four (4) project representatives to the PastForward conference
  • A $2,000 cash award per project to offset travel costs to PastForward
  • A physical award which will be presented at an awards ceremony during the PastForward conference

Expectations

  • Each awarded project must have at least one representative appear at the awards ceremony during the PastForward conference
  • Award recipients are responsible for their own travel and lodging to PastForward
  • Recipients will be available to provide quotes and background information for press releases and other media surrounding the award and the award presentation
  • Recipients may be asked to give brief remarks during the awards ceremony
  • Recipients may be asked to write a blog post on their project for the Preservation Leadership Forum website and/or may be asked to contribute to Forum Journal
  • Recipients may be asked to serve as panel members for educational sessions at PastForward
  • Recipients will be asked to publicize their award through their social media channels, if applicable

Award Timeline

  • November 14, 2018 — Nomination period opens
  • February 1, 2019 — Nomination forms due at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • July 1, 2019— Nominators and award recipients notified
  • October 10-12, 2019 — Award presented at PastForward 2019 in Denver, CO. Award recipients are required to be present at their award presentation.

Nomination Process

Nominators must complete one nomination form (requirements listed below) and submit it before the February 1 deadline in order for the nominee to be considered for a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award.

Nomination Requirements

In order to be considered for a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award, a nomination including the following must be submitted by February 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST:

  • A completed nomination form that includes:
    • A concise narrative (7,500 characters or less including spaces) that describes the project and addresses the award’s specific criteria (listed above)
    • Up to 5 brochures or news clippings
    • Up to 3 letters of recommendation
    • Up to 5 photos. We strongly recommend including the following: one historic exterior photo and photos showing the site pre- and post-renovation. Photos should include on current photo of the site’s exterior.

Nomination Procedures & Key Dates

Nominations must conform to the procedures outlined on this page to be considered for an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A link to the nomination can be found at the bottom of this page. Please be sure to read all guidelines and eligibility information before starting your nomination.

Award recipients and nominators will be notified no later than July 1, 2019. The nominator will be notified for those not selected.

Nomination Form

All nominations must be submitted online. Paper submissions will not be accepted.

Click here to access our online awards and grants submission center. To begin your nomination, you will need to use your existing login or select "Create New Account". Once you have created an account and logged into the system, click "Apply" from the menu at the top of your screen. Select the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards form. Please note, this is different from the 2019 National Preservation Awards nomination form. Once you begin your nomination, you will be able to save your progress and return to the site to continue working on the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Lizzy Barringer at (202) 588-6315 or awards@savingplaces.org.