Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 14, 2013
Kicking of its celebration of 100 years of Chicago Bungalows, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) presented its 1st Annual Angel Guild Award on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at a breakfast at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The inaugural inductee into the Angel Guild was Richard H. Driehaus, businessman and philanthropist. “Richard is among our very strongest supporters”, said Mary Ellen Guest, Executive Director of HCBA. “Grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Foundation are crucial to our ability to serve bungalow owners.”
“I am truly honored to receive the first Angel Guild award,” Richard said during his acceptance speech, “The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association is strong, long-lasting, creative, and useful. Just like the bungalow itself.”
Richard grew up in a bungalow near 92nd and Elizabeth Street on the southwest side of Chicago, so the symbolism of the “Angel Guild” Award was not lost on him.
The creation of the Angel Guild was inspired by angel gilding—a decorative element used in Chicago Bungalow art glass windows of the 1920's and 1930's. This distinguishing element is beautiful, rare and distinctive to Chicago. Chicago is the only city in the nation to use angel gilding in home windows.
At the event, Richard was presented with a specially designed award inspired by the angel gilded art glass in his boyhood bungalow. Upon receiving the award, his admiration for his childhood home shone through.
“I just knew that it was a good place to grow up…” Richard said, “Bungalows are Chicago’s contribution to residential architectural history, the most common type of home in Chicago.”
Today the landscape of Chicago bungalows is as vast and diverse as the city itself. This flexible yet sturdy building type continues to be the gateway to homeownership for many Chicago residents and the building blocks of strong, stable communities. And with proper care, maintenance and knowledge, the bungalow will continue to do so for the next 100 years.