Press Release Jun 19, 2015

Preserving Pullman's Historic and Architectural Heritage Earns CNI and NPCA Preservation Excellence Awards

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) receive the John Baird Award for Stewardship to acknowledge their advocacy work in creating the Pullman National Monument

CHICAGO – Recognizing their outstanding work to further historic preservation in Chicago, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks has awarded Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) the John Baird Award for Stewardship to acknowledge their advocacy work in creating the Pullman National Monument.

“The award honors outstanding individuals and groups that further historic preservation in Chicago,” said Eleanor Gorski, Director of Historic Preservation, Bureau of Zoning and Land Use. “This is the premiere award in a group of awards that celebrate Chicago’s preservation excellence.”

Joining the efforts of Pullman residents and civic groups for the past three years, CNI and NPCA have worked together to secure Pullman’s designation as a national park, citing the area’s history and architecture as well as the potential for tourism and economic development such a designation could generate. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama, using his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 designated, a portion of the Pullman community as a national monument. Learn more at www.npca.org/npforpullman

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Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.