Winners in up to 7 categories take home $1,000!
Created in 2005 by the Chicago Bungalow Association with the generous support of The Driehaus Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards are our annual juried competition honoring the creativity and efforts of homeowners like you. Be inspired by past winners, and submit your own home improvement project for a chance to win $1,000 in up to seven award categories, including interior and exterior renovations, restoration, and landscape design!
Nominations for the 2019 Driehaus Awards were due October 29, 2019. Check back soon for winner results!
Explore all winning projects, past and present, in our Driehaus Awards Gallery:
Congratulations 2018 Winners!
All About the Awards
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards were created in 2005 by the Chicago Bungalow Association, with the generous support of The Driehaus Foundation. An annual juried competition, the Driehaus Awards honors the creativity and efforts of homeowners for the work they’ve done in interior and exterior renovations, restoration, and landscape design. Having grown up in a Chicago bungalow on the South Side of the City, Richard H. Driehaus personally knows the value that the architecture of these homes bring to both families and neighborhoods, and the importance of celebrating bungalow owners' dedication through these awards in order to inspire others. Mr. Driehaus is CBA's strongest supporter, and his generous grants fund the work of CBA, including these awards.
Brick Chicago-style bungalow located in the City of Chicago
Project completed within the last 5 years
Exterior Rehabilitation: Demonstrates appropriate rehabilitation projects and/or compatible new additions.
Interior Rehabilitation: Demonstrates a contemporary use while maintaining significant features.
Interior Restoration: Accurately recovers the details and forms of the Chicago Bungalow.
Small Project: Preserves historic detail and form while improving one aspect of a room or the exterior at a cost of $5,000 or less.
Green Project: Demonstrates the use of energy-efficient design and renovation while maintaining classic features—can be a rain garden or landscape project if it incorporates green elements such as native plants, permeable pavers, etc.
Landscape Design: Demonstrates creative design solution and enhance the overall visual impression.
Window Restoration: Preserves historic detail and materials of original wood windows using appropriate methods for repair/restoration.
There is no limit to nominations per home. In 2018 we had a record breaking 78 eligible nominations submitted, capturing a diverse group of bungalow owners from neighborhoods throughout Chicago.
The panel of judges is selected by the Chicago Bungalow Association and is composed of architects, preservationists, community leaders, neighborhood development and energy efficiency professionals. Nominations are judged on the overall visual impression, creative design solution, and how well the project maintains the integrity of the Historic Chicago Bungalow. Additional criteria considered includes a diverse geographic and ethnic distribution of selections. One winner and one honorable mention is selected in each category.
Judges for the 2018 Driehaus Awards included Manuel Hernandez, AIA Chicago Architect and Board Director, Chicago Registered Energy Professional (REP), and Owner of Design Seed, Inc.; Emily Wallrath Schmidt, Master of Science in Historic Preservation and Preservation Program Manager at CBA, formerly at National Main Street Center; Jackie Wiese, Master of Science in Historic Preservation and Senior Manager at Elevate Energy; Faith Rackow, Master of Science in Historic Preservation and former Deputy Director of Chicago Bungalow Association.
Winners receive a cash award of $1,000, a handcrafted bronze plaque,
created by local artisan, Frank Glapa of FMG Design, and recognition on
CBA website, social media, and eNewsletter.
Honorable Mentions receive a cash award of $250 (new this year!), a handcrafted bronze
plaque, and recognition on CBA website, social media, and in eNewsletter.
Nominations for 2019 begin on January 1st and will be accepted all year long on our online nomination form. The bungalow need not be homeowner occupied. Nominations from neighbors, friends and neighborhood organizations are accepted.
The elegantly arched doorway of Mr. Driehaus' boyhood bungalow in Brainerd frames his sister, Dorothy (Driehaus) Mellon's on her wedding day October 10, 1965.
Photo Credit: Pacyga, D. A., & Shanabruch, C. (2003). The Chicago bungalow. Chicago: Arcadia Pub.
Our work to create these awards is generously funded by The Driehaus Foundation.