Springfield group honored for using historic buildings


A Springfield couple and their firm are being recognized for their efforts to care for historic buildings.

Conn’s Hospitality Group, founded by Court and Karen Conn, operates Obed & Isaacs Microbrewery & Eatery, Wm. Van’s Coffee House, Inn at 835 and Merchant House. The preservation organization Landmarks Illinois announced this week that Conn’s Hospitality Group had been awarded the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Leadership award for its work.

“Through their numerous preservation projects, Conn’s Hospitality Group has helped to revitalize downtown Springfield,” according to a citation by Landmarks Illinois. “Their longstanding commitment to historic preservation serves as a model for others in the area.”

For a list of others in Illinois recognized, click here.  

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