NAHB established the National Housing Hall of Fame in 1976 to recognize those individuals whose spirit, ingenuity and determination have changed the face of housing for the better, making America one of the best-housed nations in the world. Being named to the National Housing Hall of Fame is the highest individual honor bestowed by the housing industry.
The first National Housing Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in May 1977. Since then, more than 200 individuals have been elected.
Many National Housing Hall of Fame honorees are directly involved in housing as builders and developers; however, the list of honorees also includes land and community planners, educators, architects, members of the media, financiers, attorneys, marketing experts, trade association professionals, researchers, building product suppliers and manufacturers, government administrators and elected officials.
Inductees to the National Housing Hall of Fame are selected by the National Housing Center Board of Governors. Nominations may be submitted by an NAHB member or NAHB-affiliated local home builders association. Candidates are selected from the following categories of service to the housing industry:
The National Housing Hall of Fame serves as a repository of historical information on its honorees and their contributions to housing. Information and a display commemorating the honorees is located in the atrium of the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.
As an archive chronicling for the nation the remarkable achievements of the honorees and the changes they have helped bring about, the National Housing Hall of Fame assures the continuity essential to an understanding of the forces that have shaped--and will continue to shape in the future--the character of the housing industry. By preserving the memory of individual accomplishment, the National Housing Hall of Fame preserves the spirit that will help the industry continue in its admirable tradition confronting and surmounting the challenges of housing America.
This history will continue to be told as long as the nation's housing industry labors to preserve and enhance housing opportunities for an ever-widening segment of our population.