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 2021.

For inspiration, learn more about past years' awardees.

View videos of the 2020 recipients: Universal Life Insurance Company Building, Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, and Chelsea District Health Center. 

Deadline extended! We are now accepting nominations for the National Preservation Awards through February 26, 2021. Sign up for email reminders here. 

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, either in person or virtually as agreed upon with the National Trust, 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 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 blog 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

Key Dates

  • January 4, 2021: Nomination period opens
  • February 15, 2021: Nomination forms due at 11:59 p.m. (your local time)
  • By July 1, 2021: Nominators and award recipients notified. The nominator will be notified for those not selected.
  • November 1-5, 2021: The award ceremony is currently scheduled to take place at PastForward 2021 in Washington, D.C. the week of November 1-5, 2021. Award recipients are required to be present, either in person or virtually as agreed upon with the National Trust, at their award presentation.

Nomination Process and Procedures

Nominators must complete one nomination form (requirements listed below) and submit it before the February 15, 2021 deadline in order for the nominee to be considered for a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award.

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.

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 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (your local time):

  • 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 10 photos. We strongly recommend including the following: one historic exterior photo, one current exterior photo, and photos showing the site pre- and post-renovation. 
    • Up to 2 video files related to the project. Examples: footage of the site before and after, community testimonials, news cuts, etc.

Nomination Form

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

Click here to access the National Preservation Awards submission form. To begin your nomination, you will need to sign up for a Submittable account or sign in to an existing Submittable account if applicable. Once you have signed into Submittable, the submission form will become available. Answer the first question according to which award category you are submitting a nomination for. If you wish to be considered for multiple categories, you will need to submit multiple nominations. Once you begin your nomination, you will be able to save your progress and return to the site to continue working on the form by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact Lizzy Barringer at awards@savingplaces.org.