National Trust for Historic Preservation

10/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/09/2019 11:57

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces the Winners of the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards

Three dynamic projects, ranging from a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed UNESCO World Heritage site to a 1907 bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge to a former electrical power plant in Providence transformed into a state-of-the-art higher education facility, are the winners of the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, according to an announcement made today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Presented annually following a juried competition process, the Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the nation's most coveted and prestigious, are bestowed on historic preservation efforts that demonstrate excellence in execution and a positive impact on the vitality of their towns and cities.

'We are pleased to partner with the Driehaus Foundation again to celebrate three thoughtful, creative, and innovative projects that exemplify the transformative power of preservation,' said Paul Edmondson, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 'This year's recipients vividly demonstrate the wide variety of historic places that can be restored and re-activated to serve their communities and the partnerships that make this work possible.'

Chosen from a highly competitive field of projects, this year's winners are: the Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, a beloved Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building where a $25 million project restored the internationally significant work of architecture to its original glory; the iconic Longfellow Bridge in Boston, which handles more than 28,000 motor vehicles and 100,000 transit riders a day; and South Street Landing in Providence, RI, a more than 300,000 square foot former power plant that, after 17 years left abandoned, is now a shared use space for local universities and an economic driver in the revitalization of the surrounding area.

Established in 2012, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards have honored distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have added to the richness of their communities by preserving their architectural and cultural heritage. As the most sought after of all National Trust awards, the initiative recognizes efforts in landmark preservation, historic restoration, skilled craftsmanship, and educational and advocacy campaigns.

'We are thrilled to support the National Trust award and honor the preservation talent that is celebrated every year,' said Anne Lazar, Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. 'The winners this year from Oak Park, Providence, and Boston are such fine examples of respecting the past, acknowledging the present and enriching the future.'

The winners were selected by an external jury. Jurors include Lucas Grindley, Executive Director at Next City in Philadelphia; Jorge Otero-Pailos, New York-based artist and Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Julianne Polanco, State Historic Preservation Officer in the California Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento; and John Sprinkle, Bureau Historian at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.

'From our work at Next City, I know that amplifying solutions helps send them from one city to the next city,' said 2019 Jury member, Lucas Grindley, Executive Director at Next City. 'These awards are another way to give powerful examples to those of us working to help cities meet their full potential. None of us is alone in this work. Although it can feel like the finish line is far away, these buildings are proof that change is happening all over the country.'

This year's Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards winners will be honored as part of PastForward 2019, the nation's largest historic preservation conference, at the National Preservation Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 11 at the Downtown Sheraton in Denver, Colorado. The program will be livestreamed for free from SavingPlaces.org/Conference. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the award-winning set of projects, individuals, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the field of preservation at: SavingPlaces.org/awards.