Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award

The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest national recognition. The award is made with the greatest care and only when there is indisputable evidence of superlative achievement over time in the preservation and interpretation of our cultural, architectural or maritime heritage, including buildings, architecture, districts, archeology, cultural landscapes, and objects of significance in the history and culture of the United States.

Factors that weigh heavily in consideration for the award include depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, significant national involvement in historic preservation, and recognition of achievement from other organizations. Both individuals and organizations are eligible. Posthumous awards are not made, and self-nominations are not allowed. Members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and staff are not eligible during the period of their active service and for three years thereafter.