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Friends of the Edwards House to receive preservation award

The Friends of the Edwards House is the recipient of the 2017 Landmarks Illinois Richard Driehaus Preservation Project of the Year Award for Advocacy. The group formed around an effort to save the historic Edwards House. Despite a grassroots campaign, the home was destroyed in June 2015.
The Friends of the Edwards House is the recipient of the 2017 Landmarks Illinois Richard Driehaus Preservation Project of the Year Award for Advocacy. The group formed around an effort to save the historic Edwards House. Despite a grassroots campaign, the home was destroyed in June 2015.

The Friends of the Edwards House will be honored at the Landmarks Illinois 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Ceremony.

Friends of the Edwards House is the recipient of the 2017 Landmarks Illinois Richard Driehaus Preservation Project of the Year Award for Advocacy, according to a news release.

The group formed around an effort to save a local historic home, the Edwards House, from demolition by a developer. Despite a grassroots campaign of social media organizing, community meetings, door-to-door education and lobbying village officials, the home was destroyed in June 2015.

The attention generated by the campaign, however, led to increased interest in historic preservation from both community members and village leaders and spurred the creation of a committee to streamline the municipal preservation ordinance. As a result, the number of landmarked properties grew from two to 15 over two years, the release stated.

The awards celebration pays tribute to individuals and organizations that work to elevate historic preservation practice and advocacy in Illinois. Each year, Landmarks Illinois honors nine historic preservation projects and the people who made them happen, according to the release.

This year’s winners will receive an award and a $1,000 prize. The ceremony is open to the public. It will begin with a panel discussion, featuring some of this year’s winners sharing stories of their preservation efforts.

The ceremony will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

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