The Roff House in Watseka is included among the 2020 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. Landmarks Illinois announced nine recipients of the Driehaus Foundation awards. The annual awards program, now in its 27th year, honors exceptional historic preservation projects and the people saving important places in Illinois.
John Whitman will be honored for his restoration of the Roff House, an 1868 Italian-style historic home in Watseka widely known for its supernatural lore and for attracting of visitors a year. Whitman undertook a meticulous five-phase restoration of the home to honor its history and its original architectural features, resulting in a revived local landmark.
Due to the pandemic, Landmarks Illinois will host its first virtual Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards ceremony October 21. Registration is required to attend the virtual event. Registered guests will receive a custom link and information on how to access the online ceremony.