About Richard H. Driehaus

Richard H. Driehaus, who was born and raised in Chicago, is a multifaceted individual. He has enjoyed enormous business success, earning a reputation within the investment management industry as an investor extraordinaire. As founder of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, he is sole architect of its highly successful investment style.

In addition to his business career, he has focused his attention and energy on a wide variety of philanthropic and community-service projects, individually and through the efforts of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trusts. Recently he was recognized by the Horatio Alger Association in Washington, D.C.

A passionate art collector since the 1970s, Mr. Driehaus’s early acquisitions included the Art Nouveau posters by Alphonse Mucha and his contemporaries. From that essential core, the Driehaus Collection grew to include master works by such Belle Epoque luminaries as Louis Majorelle, Herter Brothers, Édouard Colonna, John La Farge, Émile Gallé, and Josef Hoffman.

In addition to these important holdings, the Driehaus Collection is one of the country’s leading private collections of works by preeminent American decorative designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.  In 2001, Mr. Driehaus established the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at Navy Pier in Chicago, which features important Tiffany stained glass windows from the Collection.

Mr. Driehaus has a personal interest and commitment to design excellence and historic preservation that stems from a focus on the built environment. In addition to the 2003-08 restoration of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, now home to the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Mr. Driehaus’s historic preservation efforts have included the restoration of:

  • The Richardsonian Romanesque-style Ransom Cable House in Chicago, Illinois, designed in 1886 by prominent Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb of Cobb & Frost. Since 1994 it has served as the headquarters of Driehaus Capital Management LLC.
  • The award-winning restoration of a 36-acre 1905 Georgian Revival-style estate in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.
  • A Victorian-style home in Nantucket, which was originally constructed in 1877.
  • A Queen Anne-style residence in Chicago, which dates from 1887. The majority of the site is covered by two masonry structures: the original house built in the Queen Anne style and the coach house built in the 1920s.

Mr. Driehaus established the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in 1992, which has made major contributions to a number of Chicago-area restoration projects, including:

  • The Bungalow Initiative, which works to preserve, restore, and maintain this domestic architectural style. The Foundation has worked with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association to teach residents how to achieve National Register of Historic Places designation, while also helping establish Bungalow Housing Districts and supporting individual restoration projects.
  • Creating a model for renovating and preserving Chicago’s Greystone houses which, like the bungalows, are a critical part of the city’s urban fabric.
  • Helping preserve the 1938 John Holabird-designed building that will house the National Public Housing Museum and Education Center.
  • Several landscape and greening efforts in the city of Chicago, including a design competition for the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, the restoration of the Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, and restoration and program support at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

In addition to his restoration efforts, Mr. Driehaus has also been involved in the activities of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmarks Illinois, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Glessner House Museum, Lincoln Park Conservancy, Pleasant Home Foundation, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation, and preservations organizations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mr. Driehaus has promoted excellence in design by establishing or supporting a number of architectural award programs. Among them is the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, sponsored with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. This award encourages development that respects and strengthens the city’s unmatched architectural heritage, particularly in neighborhoods confronting economic and social challenges. Additionally, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, administered through the University of Notre Dame, was established in 2002. This $200,000 annual prize promotes the principles of traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism, and has honored architects from around the world.

From economic opportunity initiatives for people living in poverty, to support of the performing and visual arts, to historic preservation and environmental restoration, countless people and organizations have been beneficiaries of the generosity of Richard H. Driehaus.

Preservation

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum embodies the highest ideals of preservation, conservation, and restoration. Between 2003 and 2008, Richard H. Driehaus supported a meticulous restoration of the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House. Read more

The History of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion

In 1879, Chicago banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson commissioned a new house from the architectural firm of Burling and Whitehouse of Chicago. Read more