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Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards

Each year, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation honor homeowners whose work demonstrates the best bungalow landscaping, rehabilitation and restoration projects. It is a juried competition with the panel of judges composed of neighborhood development community members, architects, horticulturalists and representatives of the local media. Nominees are judged on the overall visual impression, the creative design solution, and how well the project maintains the integrity of the Historic Chicago Bungalow.

Nominations for the 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards are OPEN.   To learn more or nominate a bungalow>>>

The deadline is November 2 and on-site visits will be conducted Friday, November 11 or Saturday, November 12.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Interior Rehabilitation: Demonstrates a contemporary use while maintaining significant features.
  • Interior Restoration: Accurately recovers the details and forms of the Chicago Bungalow.
  • Exterior Rehabilitation: Demonstrates appropriate rehabilitation projects and/or compatible new additions.
  • Green Project: Demonstrates the use of energy-efficient design and renovation while maintaining classic features--can be a landscape or garden project if it incorporates green elements such as native plants, permeable pavers, etc.
  • 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.


  • First place winners receive a newly increased cash award of $1000 and a handcrafted bronze plaque
  • Display at award ceremony
  • Recognition on the HCBA website and in the newsletter

Nomination Instructions

You may nominate a particular room or an entire home. For a Bungalow to be nominated, it must be HCBA-certified. All rehabilitation projects must conform to the Historic Chicago Bungalow Design Guidelines.

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