Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York

photo by: Scott Gable Photography

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards celebrate the best of the best in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and the re-imagining of historic buildings for the future. They are a part of the National Preservation Awards, which are presented annually at the PastForward conference.

The coveted Driehaus Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to communities by preserving their architectural and cultural heritage. The Driehaus Awards recognize efforts such as citizens saving and maintaining important landmarks, companies and craftsmen restoring the richness of the past, public officials supporting preservation projects and legislation in their communities, and educators and journalists helping Americans understand the value of preservation.

Winners are selected by an independent jury of national and international thought leaders from many disciplines. The 2018 Driehaus Awards jury included Getty Conservation Institute historian Jeffrey Cody, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, and longtime Atlanta preservationist and community activist Mtamanika Youngblood.

2018 Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards

The 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards winners were honored as part of PastForward 2018, the nation’s largest historic preservation conference, on November 14, 2018, at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.

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Crosstown Concourse
Memphis, Tennessee

Though much has changed since the facility opened as a Sears, Roebuck and Company distribution center and retail store less than two miles from downtown Memphis in 1927, Crosstown Concourse is the product of nearly five generations of innovators, dreamers, and builders. Today, having overcome two decades of blight, Crosstown Concourse is the catalyst for the revitalization of not just a distressed and abandoned building, but an entire neighborhood. Download more information.

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The Douglass at Page Woodson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The restoration and adaptation of Page Woodson School into affordable apartments marks a vibrant cultural renewal in Oklahoma City. In a public-private partnership, the badly decayed 1910 school house—renamed in 1934 for abolitionist Frederick Douglass when it became an all-black high school—underwent extensive restoration and now accommodates 60 affordable apartments and a community auditorium. Download more information.

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Richardson Olmsted Campus
Buffalo, New York

Reuse of the massive 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus, the former Buffalo State Asylum and widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings, is the story of a threatened National Historic Landmark, the community effort to save it, a public-private partnership, skilled planning and design, and, ultimately, of success and rebirth. The transformation of the campus into a new hotel and architecture center occupying the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures is expected to be the crown jewel of a planned, mixed-use civic campus contributing to Buffalo’s architectural heritage. Download more information.

Learn more about the full slate of awards, including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the American Express Aspire Award, and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award—as well as the current deadlines for all of them—on Preservation Leadership Forum.

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