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The Driehaus Foundation is delighted to announce that we awarded a fifth legacy grant in memory of our late founder, Richard H. Driehaus. We are pleased to award a $2 million dollar legacy grant to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) that will establish the Richard H. Driehaus Curricula for the Built Environment Endowment Fund. The Fund will support the expansion of the ICAA's educational programs.

The grant is the largest ever awarded to the New York City based nonprofit and was announced on May 8th at the ICAA’s 42nd annual Arthur Ross Awards recognizing excellence in the classical tradition.

The ICAA is dedicated to advancing the appreciation and practice of traditional architecture and its allied arts by engaging with educators, professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It has chapters in 15 cities across the United States including Chicago and offers a wide array of educational programs including classes, travel, lectures, awards, advocacy, and conferences. Richard, a longtime ICAA board member, had a great love and appreciation for classical architecture, historic preservation, and cities, and believed they can adapt to change and new challenges in thoughtful ways that still preserve the past.

The Richard H. Driehaus Curricula for the Built Environment Endowment Fund will give the ICAA resources to launch new offerings regarding current issues such as urbanism, sustainability, and healthy cities, while continuing to highlight the importance of historic preservation and precedent, especially how it pertains to shared public spaces.

The Driehaus Foundation is honoring Richard’s extraordinary legacy of philanthropy by awarding “transformational” grants to support causes he cared about most — classical architecture, historic preservation, the arts, and investigative journalism. They are the largest grants ever awarded by the Foundation in its 31-year history.

In April, the Foundation awarded legacy grants to three Chicago organizations, Preservation Chicago, Arts Work Fund, and the Better Government Association, as well as the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina.

Congratulations to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art! It is an honor for the Foundation to pay tribute to Richard with these five legacy grants.


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