Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award

The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest national recognition of an individual. 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.

To learn more about past recipients of the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, click here.

The nomination period for the 2016 National Preservation Awards closed on March 1, 2016. Read below to learn more about how to nominate an individual for the Crowninshield Award. Please be sure to read this page completely before starting a nomination.

Eligibility
Award Criteria
Award Timeline
Nomination Process
Nomination Requirements
Nomination Procedures and Key Dates
Nomination Form

Eligibility

  • The nominee must be an individual who has made substantial contributions to the historic preservation field.
  • Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Trustees, Advisors, and staff are not eligible to receive a National Preservation Award for individual achievement during the period of their active service and for three years thereafter. 

Award Criteria

To be considered for the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, nominated individuals must have:

  • Achieved an outstanding individual, on-the-ground preservation success that goes beyond the normal course or boundaries of a person’s job or profession
  • Undertaken efforts that go beyond those typically associated with successful preservation work
  • Made contributions associated with a specific threat to a building, location, or region

Award Timeline

  • January 15, 2016 – Nomination period opens
  • March 1, 2016 – Nomination forms due at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • July 15, 2016 – Award recipients notified
  • November 15-18 – Awards presented at PastForward 2016 in Houston, TX

Nomination Process

Nominators must complete one nomination form (requirements listed below) and submit it before the March 1 deadline in order for the nominee to be considered for a National Preservation Award. Self-nominations are not accepted for the Crowninshield Award.

Nomination Requirements

In order to be considered for the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, a nomination including the following must be submitted by March 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST:

  • A completed nomination form that includes:
    • A concise narrative (4,000 characters or less including spaces) that describes the individual’s preservation achievements and addresses the award’s specific criteria (listed above)
    • Up to 5 brochures or news clippings
    • Up to 3 letters of recommendation
    • Up to 5 photos

Nomination Procedures and Key Dates

Nominations must conform to the procedures outlined on this page to be considered for a National Preservation Award. A link to the nomination form can be found at the bottom of this page. Please be sure to read all guidelines and eligibility information before starting your application.

Award recipients and their nominators will be notified no later than July 15, 2016. The nominator will be notified for those not selected. The 2016 National Preservation Awards will be presented during PastForward 2016 in Houston, TX, November 15-18, 2016. Award recipients are required to be present at their award presentation. 

Award recipients may be asked to contribute to the National Trust’s Preservation Leadership Forum blog, the Forum Journal, or to present at PastForward. 

Nomination Form

All nominations must be submitted online. Paper submissions will not be accepted. To begin your nomination, you will need to create a login for our online system here. Once you have logged into the system, click "apply" on the left-hand side of the screen and select the 2016 National Preservation Awards form. Once you being your nomination, you will be able to save your progress and return to the site to continue working on the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Bice at (202) 588-6084 or awards@savingplaces.org