2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards

Special Category Awards

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award
Donovan Rypkema

Washington, D.C.

Don Rypkema

For more than 30 years, Donovan Rypkema has worked at the intersection of historic preservation, real estate, and economics, providing services and insights to organizations and towns nationwide. Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm, is responsible for saving countless historic sites through his impressive work in proving the economic benefits of historic preservation. He is also responsible for inspiring numerous historic preservationists through his charisma and passion for preservation.


American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation

M. Rosalind Sagara

Riverside, California
M. Rosalind Sagara was a key figure in preventing Riverside, California's historic Chinatown from development incompatible with archaeological preservation. Sagara excels at intertwining the efforts of Save Our Chinatown Committee with those of other local organizations, finding commonalities and building community connections. In the spring of 2012, Sagara's hard work paid off when a California court of appeals invalidated the City of Riverside's approval of a development that would have destroyed Chinatown.


National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station - Freedom Rides Museum

Montgomery, Alabama

Through a sustained federal/non-federal partnership initiated by a Section 106 consultation, the nationally significant Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station associated with the civil rights movement was reused as a museum, providing a model for collaboration, preservation, interpretation and accessibility to diverse audiences.


Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation
Enid Pinkney

Miami, Florida

Dr. Enid Pinkney's creation of the Historic Hampton House Trust was critical in preventing the demolition of the Hampton House Motel and stabilizing the structure so that additional funds can be raised to renovate the building and convert it to a community center.


Trustees' Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Chicago, Illinois

The Jane Addams Hull House Museum serves as an excellent model for using a historic site to engage the community through creative programming. Each week, the community rallies to this remarkably preserved site to discuss food and agricultural issues at various events.


Trustees' Award for Organizational Excellence
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has worked to save numerous historic sites throughout Minnesota. It is equally well-known for reviving the state's Main Street Program and spearheading the lobbying effort to create one of the nation's most progressive state historic tax credits.


National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Saint Luke's Manor

Cleveland, Ohio

This 390,000-square-foot hospital was abandoned in 1999. In 2011, construction began to adaptively use the 1927 Saint Luke's hospital into 137 units of low-income housing for seniors and office space for local non-profits.


John H. Chafee Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
John Andrew Gallery

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Since 2002, John Andrew Gallery's proactive approach to advocacy as the executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has led to public policy successes including a local designation of the historic public interior spaces of the Family Court Building on Logan Square and legislation that protects the historic character of Market Street.


2012 National Preservation Honor Awards

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center
Chicago, Illinois

This LEED Platinum certified project, completed in 2009, transformed a vacant historic power plant into a charter high school that now provides high quality education to underserved youth in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.


The Historic Park Inn Hotel

Mason City, Iowa
This successful restoration of the last standing Frank Lloyd Wright hotel was completed in August 2011. Painstaking efforts were taken to highlight and restore significant aspects of Wright's architectural style.


Leavenworth Building 19

Leavenworth Kansas
This 1886 mess hall was rehabilitated into an office and medical records center for the Department of Veterans Affairs.


New Orleans U.S. Custom House
New Orleans, Louisiana

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, the General Services Administration turned the tragedy into an opportunity to repair and restore the 1848 U.S. Custom House.


Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station
Lansing, Michigan
The 1939 Ottawa Street Power station was rehabilitated to create the corporate headquarters for Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. and a new compatible addition nearly doubled the size of the building.


Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity

Kansas City, Missouri
This vacant power house and coal burning plant was adaptively used as the new home of the Kansas City Ballet. The rehabilitation creatively incorporated many of the original industrial elements into the building's current use.


ASM International Headquarters

Materials Park, Ohio
The 1959 ASM International Headquarters building, designed by John Terence Kelly and Buckminster Fuller, underwent an $8 million rehabilitation that was completed in accordance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.


Oswego Iron Furnace
Lake Oswego, Oregon
In July 2010, the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon, completed a seven-year project to preserve the city's iconic 1866 Oswego Iron Furnace, the first blast furnace on the Pacific Coast.


30th Street Main Post Office

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Completed in 2010, the $252 million, LEED Gold rehabilitation and adaptive use of the 1930s Main Post Office building into a five-story, 926,000-square foot modern office building was one of the largest ever historic rehabilitations in the country.


Market Square Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This project brought together seven historic buildings that were plagued by neglect and renovated them into a single, mixed-use complex that includes residences, retail storefronts, and a YMCA, all with facades that have been restored to their original 1930s appearance.


Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island Preservation of Duey's Home

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This community-wide effort to restore the 1930 "Little House" and convert it into a museum dedicated to Gullah history and culture is a perfect example of grass-roots preservation.


Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
After a fire severely damaged the Main Building, Our Lady of the Lake University and the surrounding community rallied together to repair and restore the historic building that is the center of their neighborhood.


Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative
Statewide, Washington
The Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative created a state Heritage Barn Register and a matching grant program. To date it has registered 486 barns, and awarded more than $1 million in grants to help restore 46 barns.


SIERR Building at McKinstry Station
Spokane, Washington
The 1907 SIERR Building, a repair depot for Spokane's first electric railway system, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2010 and converted into an energy efficient office with green office space and retail tenants.