The Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to Present Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in Stewardship of Historic Sites Award at National Conference

Washington, D.C. –The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to the Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago.  The Jane Addams Hull House is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Wash.

In 1889, Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago as a place where people from different backgrounds could share knowledge and learn from one another. Today, the Jane Addams Hull House is carrying on that tradition through inventive programming and careful stewardship that honors the site’s past while connecting it to the present. 

The site invites visitors to engage with exhibits in unexpected ways, including a "Sounds Like History" room that offers sonic landscapes of Hull-House at the turn of the twentieth century.  The Jane Addams Hull House excels at engaging with the community, as evidenced by its “Re-Thinking Soup” program.  Once a week, the Museum hosts a modern day soup kitchen, a public and communal event held in the historic Residents’ Dining Hall—the very room in which Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein, and other prominent social reformers once met to share meals and ideas. Today, that tradition continues as activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs come together each week to present their ideas, share projects, and foster a space to forward solutions. 
“With its one-of-a-kind programming, thoughtful site management, and dedication to community outreach, the Jane Addams Hull House is continuing the dynamic traditions of its founder and namesake,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “As a neighborhood anchor that continues to give back to the community, the Jane Addams Hull House is a poster child for successfully keeping historic buildings in active use.”

The award will be presented at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, November 2.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Donovan Rypkema, Washington, D.C.

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

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation: M. Rosalind Sagara, Riverside, Calif.  

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Enid Pinkney, Coral Gables, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Saint Luke’s Manor, Cleveland.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn. 

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy: John Andrew Gallery, Philadelphia.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: The Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago.


30th Street Main Post Office, Philadelphia.

ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio.

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, Chicago.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth, Kan.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island’s Preservation of Duey’s Home, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa.

Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh.

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

Oswego Iron Furnace, Lake Oswego, Ore. 

Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Mich.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Wash.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo.

Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, Wash.  



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