Eligibility, Requirements, and Awards Descriptions

The nomination deadline for the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards has passed.  Information regarding the 2015 will be available in December, 2014.

Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals, organizations, agencies or projects whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation.

The National Trust will be giving awards in the following categories:

The National Trust invites you to participate in the celebration of the best of historic preservation by nominating those individuals, organizations, agencies or projects you believe are most deserving of one of these awards

Nomination Requirements
Award Descriptions
Nomination Procedures and Key Dates

Nomination Form


  • Any individual, organization, agency or project involved in historic preservation is eligible to receive a National Preservation Award.
  • Nominated projects must have been completed within three years of the submission deadline.
  • Nominations submitted in previous years that were not selected to receive an award may be updated and resubmitted.
  • Nominations may be made without the knowledge of the nominee, but nominees must be present at the award ceremony to receive recognition.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted for all categories except the Crowninshield Award.
  • Nominations for posthumous awards will not be 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. 
  • Properties owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation will not be considered, nor will individuals or groups of individuals for their work relative to NTHP properties.

Nomination Requirements

  • A completed nomination form
  • $30 nomination fee
  • A concise narrative (6,000 characters or less including spaces) of the project, program, organization, or individual that is being nominated. This description/narrative should address the following:
    • If the nominated project involves a site or district, please discuss:
      • The site or district's historical significance
      • Any challenges overcome in carrying out the project
      • Any unique strategies and activities undertaken
      • the impact of these activities on the community and local economy
    • If the nominee is an individual or organization, describe their accomplishments and contributions to the area of historic preservation.
  • If applicable, an additional narrative (3,000 characters or less including spaces) addressing one or more of the National Trust’s priorities listed below:
    • Protecting historic resources on America's public lands
    • Broadening the ethnic and cultural diversity of historic preservation
    • Demonstrating that older buildings are excellent examples of "green" and sustainable construction
    • Creating new models for historic site interpretation, stewardship, and/or reuse through the use of innovative and replicable strategies
  • For projects and organizations being nominated for a special award category, a third narrative (3,000 characters or less including spaces) that addresses the specific criteria of the award for which the applicant is applying. Please refer to the description of the award category for which you are applying when answering this question.
  • If applicable, a brief narrative (2,000 characters or less including spaces) describing how the project was financed.  This can include local fundraising efforts; the use of federal, state or local historic tax credits, low income tax credits; private equity; or any other sources.
  • Up to five supporting brochures or news clippings.
  • Up to three letters of recommendation that demonstrate community support.  A listing of any awards received may also be included. Letters can be addressed to the ‘Awards Committee.’ Letters should be scanned and uploaded electronically with your other supplemental materials, not sent separately by the person writing the letter.
  • Fifteen (15) jpeg digital images at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a separate document including photo captions and credit information. With respect to size, photos no less than 800 x 600 pixels are proposed. Images in word documents or PDFs will not be accepted.  Each image file should contain one picture without any text.  Most images should be in a horizontal format. Images should illustrate various aspects of the project or program – before and after results, overall exteriors from a variety of angles and interior shots.  Images should include people and activities around the site, including a shot of the project in the context of the greater community. Nominations for individual achievement must include at least two different head shots of the nominee.  The remaining images should illustrate the body of work for which the individual is being nominated, including shots of the nominee actively engaged in the work, if possible.

Award Descriptions

The National Preservation Honor Awards recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new life to their communities through preservation.  Click here to read more.

The National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Award honors outstanding partnerships that advance the preservation of important historic resources and have an impact on the community. It celebrates a project or program in which a federal agency and one or more non-federal partners have achieved an exemplary preservation outcome.  Click here to read more.

The National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation recognizes organizations and agencies for their success in advancing the goals of historic preservation while providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities, particularly for low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Click here to read more.

The American Express Aspire Award recognizes an emerging leader in the preservation field who has made significant achievements in preservation, and highlights the promise and potential of the preservation field through its talented emerging leaders.  Click here to read more.

The Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions toward saving a historic place in the past year.  Click here to read more.

The Tony Goldman Award celebrates historic tax credit projects that embody a bold, large-scale approach to historic preservation that catalyzes entire commercial districts through their cultural diversity, pedestrian experience and use of the visual arts. Click here to read more.

The Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence recognizes a nonprofit organization, large or small, that has demonstrated sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation.  Click here to read more.

The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest national honor, recognizing superlative achievement over time in the preservation and interpretation of cultural, architectural or maritime heritage.  Click here to read more.

Nomination Procedures and Key Dates

Nominations must conform to the procedures outlined on this page to be considered for a Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award. A link to the application can be found at the bottom of this page. Please be sure to read all guidelines and eligibility information as well as the description for your award category before starting your application.

National Preservation Award recipients will be notified no later than August 1, 2014.  The nominator will be notified for those not selected.  Award announcements and presentation are made at a special ceremony during the National Preservation Conference, and award recipients are required to be present, along with co-nominees able to attend.  The 2014 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards Ceremony will be on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Brendan McCormick at 202.588.6315 or awards@savingplaces.org.

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 2014 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards application.   Once you being your application, you will be able to save your progress and return to the site to continue working on the form.