Preservation is Progress
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
This year’s nine award winners exemplify successful adaptive use and
restoration projects as well as outstanding advocacy and education efforts.
From an historic trail to a soaring 1920s skyscraper, each project
demonstrates a commitment to excellence and the transformative impact of
historic preservation. The 19th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Preservation Awards will be presented on October 26 at a reception at the
landmark InterContinental Chicago.
(clockwise from top left) Pure Oil Building, Geneva; Harper Theater, Chicago; Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail; Pomeroy Apartments, Chicago
Special thanks to our awards jury: Andrew Ahitow, Chicago Apartment Finders,
Chicago (a Landmarks Illinois board member); Dennis Garlick, W.E. O’Neil
Construction, Chicago; Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois; Corlis Moody,
Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church, Chicago; Amy Munro, City of Elgin; and Rachel
Will, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago. [more]
Endangered Places 2013
A Remarkable Variety of Structures
The Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois
list was announced by Landmarks Illinois at an April 30th press conference
in Springfield. From community mausoleums to an elegant 1920s theater to a
group of bascule bridges to a modest brick row house that was home to blues
legend Muddy Waters---the 2013 “Ten Most” list includes a remarkable variety
of structures. [more]
(left to right) Muddy Waters Residence, Chicago (credit: Matt Cole); Miner’s Institute, Collinsville (credit: Gail White); Joel Wiant House, West Chicago (credit: Jean Follett)
Lighting the Way
Driehaus Courthouse Grants
As we enter our fourth—and final year—of the Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H.
Driehaus Courthouse Initiative, we can look back at wondrous successes and
celebrate the start of new projects. In March 2009, the Richard H. Driehaus
Charitable Lead Trust made a four-year, $1 million commitment to Landmarks
Illinois establishing a grant program to assist communities throughout the
state in restoring their historic county courthouses. These grants were to
fund the restoration of critical features of the courthouse, such as clocks,
bell towers, cupolas, and ornament, as well as support energy efficient
exterior lighting. [more]
Out of the Rubble
Tribute to 40 Years
of Historic Preservation
Click Here to watch this short and lively tribute to 40 years of historic preservation in
Illinois. Many thanks to
Optimus, which is a Chicago visual media company, for its pro bono help
in preparing this anniversary video for Landmarks Illinois. [more]
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The Significance of the Auditorium Building
Join Rolf Achilles, art historian, as he discusses the Auditorium
When some of the Auditorium’s decorative elements, such as the stained glass and
metal work designed by Louis Sullivan and fabricated by Healy & Millet, were
shown at the Paris World’s Fair of 1889, no one in Europe had ever seen work
like this. The Auditorium as a total work of innovative art was the model for
the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and the great music hall in the auditorium
in Prague's Municipal House, parts of which were decorated by Alphonse Mucha.
European cultural awareness of Chicago was increased by the Auditorium Building
more than any other single Chicago building.
This talk will be held on Thursday, January 16, from 12:15 p.m. to
1:00 p.m. at the Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green
Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago. [more]
In the News
WBEZ radio recently featured the “Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County”, read about it here or check out the
survey highlights here.
Buildings For Sale
Of Historic Interest
Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks
Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.
Click Here to view the Landmarks
Illinois Restoration Resources guide. This on-line guide provides property
owners and design professionals with access to professional services,
products, craftspeople, and other experts related to the maintenance,
restoration, and rehabilitation of older structures.
The guide does not
represent paid listings. It is based, instead, on names received from an
independent committee of preservation architects and other professionals.