Call for Nominations for Bungalow Awards

It’s time to celebrate Chicago’s historic bungalows and their owners’ dedication to renovating and restoring them with the 14th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards. Created by the Chicago Bungalow Association with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the awards honor the creativity and efforts of bungalow owners for home improvement and restoration projects both large and small. 

Awards are given in the following categories: 

Exterior Rehabilitation demonstrating appropriate rehabilitation projects and/or compatible additions. 

Interior Rehabilitation demonstrating a contemporary use of space while maintaining significant features.  

Interior Restoration accurately recovering the details and forms of the Chicago bungalow. 

Small Project preserving historic detail and form while improving a room or the exterior at a cost of $5,000 or less. 

Green Project demonstrating energy-efficient design and renovation while maintaining classic features. 

Landscape Design demonstrating a creative design solution and enhances the bungalow’s overall visual impression. 

Window Restoration preserving historic detail, materials and repair/restoration methods of original wood windows.  

“The number of Driehaus Award nominations from throughout the City increases each year,” said Mary Ellen Guest, CBA Executive Director. “This is a reflection of homeowners who take pride in caring for their bungalows.” 

The first place winner in each category will be awarded $1,000 and a handcrafted bronze plaque. 

Nominations must be of CBA-certified brick Chicago-style bungalows located in the City of Chicago. Nominations can be made by bungalow owners themselves, a neighbor, friend or neighborhood association. Nominated projects can be whole homes, single rooms, or small projects and will be judged by a panel of architects, preservation experts and civic leaders. Any project completed within the last five years is eligible.  

All nominations are due by Tues., Oct. 30 and on-site viewing of the finalists’ bungalows will be conducted on Fri., Nov. 9 and Sat., Nov. 10. 

Nominations can be submitted online at, or mailed to CBA at 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 740, Chicago, IL 60604. Submissions must include before and after photographs of the project.


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