Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

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Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Awards continue a tradition started in 1979 to honor excellence in preservation. The annual awards recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by both individuals and organizations. The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually by Preservation Pennsylvania.
This year's ceremony will take place on June 19 in Chambersburg as part of the opening of the annual Statewide Conference on Heritage. Tom Mayes will be our guest speaker on the subject of "Why Old Places Matter."
Click here to register to attend the awards ceremony in Chambersburg on Wednesday, June 19.


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Honor Awards

The Honor Award recipients are selected by the Executive Committee of Preservation Pennsylvania. While applications are not accepted for these awards, suggestions are welcome.

F. Otto Haas Award - This award is named for noted preservationist and philanthropist F. Otto Haas (1915-1994), as standing recognition of his service and contributions to historic preservation. This award honors an outstanding individual or group achievements in the field of historic preservation. 2017 Recipient: The Progress Fund (Westmoreland County); 2016 Recipient: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, SHPO (Dauphin County)

Henry A. Jordan Award - This award is named for Henry A. Jordan (1936-2010), a former Preservation Pennsylvania Board Chairman and life-long supporter of the historic preservation movement. In keeping with Henry’s belief that it is at the local level where real historic preservation occurs, this award honors outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local/regional level. 2017 Recipient: James L. Brown IV (Philadelphia County); 2016 Recipient: City of Lancaster (Lancaster County)

Special Focus Awards

Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation or Archaeology - For an exceptional effort within the transportation field that results in an improvement in transportation systems while respecting and preserving the best practices of compatible design and historic preservation principles. 2017 Recipient: Walnut Lane Bridge Over Wissahickon Creek (Philadelphia County); 2016 Recipient: Quaker Bridge (Mercer County)

Preservation Planning - For projects that demonstrate the best planning and development practices
to promote historic preservation. 2017 Recipients: Wilkinsburg Neighborhood Restoration (Allegheny County); Carroll Cabin (Fayette County); Washington’s War Tent, Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia County)

Public Impact Award - Given to a project or individual for excellence in using a historic building as a catalyst to enrich a community. 2017 Recipients: Buddy's Brew on Carson, Formerly the Sankey Brick Company (Allegheny County); Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, Formerly the West Chester National Guard Armory (Chester County); The Millworks, Formerly the Stokes Millworks (Dauphin County); Easton Public Market, Formerly Rader's Dry Goods (Northampton County)

Initiative Awards

These awards recognize special initiatives, services, or commitment to preservation values in the previous year by an individual, organization, community, or group in the following categories.

Communication - For exceptional quality preservation/heritage publications or outstanding media coverage of preservation/heritage efforts or issues. 2016 Recipient: Preservation Erie (Erie County)

Community Involvement - For individual or organizational involvement in community preservation/heritage issues or projects. 2017 Recipients: Conneaut Lake Town Hall, formerly the High Street Church (Crawford County); Musselman/Vesta Iron Furnace Center (Lancaster County); 2016 Recipient: Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia County)

Education - For innovative and exceptional preservation/heritage educational programs or curricula. 2016 Recipient: Zimmerman Center for Heritage (York County)

Emergency Response - For quick action to repair and/or preserve a historic resource after a threat or catastrophic event. 2013 Recipients: Erwinna Covered Bridge (Bucks County); Hillsgrove Covered Bridge (Sullivan County)

Grassroots Advocacy - For the efforts of individuals and organizations to help communities protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them. 2016 Recipient: Carol Bear Heckman and Darrin Heckman (Northampton County)

Stewardship - For exceptional stewardship efforts by an individual or group on behalf of a significant historic resource or resources. 2017 Recipient: Keim House (Berks County)

Sustainability in Historic Preservation - For the continual use and sustainable rehabilitation of an existing building; one that has conserved materials and energy; prevented environmental, social and economic impacts of demolition; and taken into consideration embodied energy. 2016 Recipient: Pottstown School District, Rupert Elementary School (Montgomery County)

Construction Awards

Construction Awards honor outstanding examples of
  • Private/Homeowner/Small business rehabilitation
  • Restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Infill/new construction in a historic district
  • Documentation (pre-construction)

Examples of possible submissions: a small business owner’s facade restoration; a homeowner’s sensitive update of a neglected building; or a company’s rehabilitation of a white elephant property for a new use.

Nominations are welcome from developers, municipalities, small business owners and homeowners. Nominations should include information about the resource’s history, any listing in local or national historic districts, or inclusion within the boundaries of a designated heritage area. If an adaptive re-use project, please indicate the building’s original use.

Work completed should follow good preservation practices. All information submitted should demonstrate how the work was undertaken in a way that respects, preserves, and maintains the resource’s historic character and integrity.

PLEASE NOTE: The award is given to the PROJECT rather than individual architects/engineers/ consultants.


 2018 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards


F. Otto Haas Award for outstanding individual achievements in historic preservation
Natural Lands (Montgomery County)

Henry A. Jordan Award for outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local level
Astride McLanahan (Blair County)

Chairman’s Award for demonstrated leadership in historic preservation
The Star Barn Village (Lancaster County)


Ralph Modjeski Award for excellence in transportation design, preservation and archaeology
Pine Bank Covered Bridge (Washington County)

Preservation Planning Award
Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (Erie County)

Public Impact Award
Market Street Revitalization Project (York County)
Colonial Theatre (Chester County)


Assisi Residence (Delaware County)
Century Inn (Washington County)
Drury Plaza Hotel (Allegheny County)
F.A. Winter and Son Music Store (Blair County)
Charles McManus Tavern (Cumberland County)


Hill-Physick House (Philadelphia County)

Community Involvement
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art- Bedford, Formerly the Dr. John Anderson House (Bedford County)

Marker Advocates of Tobyhanna Township (Monroe County)

Emergency Response
St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church (Philadelphia County)

Grassroots Advocacy
Sydelle Zove (Montgomery County)

Local Government
School House No. 5 (Butler County)

Sustainability in Historic Preservation
Hill College House (Philadelphia County)

Selected and Presented by the
Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Community Initiative Award
Walk In Art Center (Schuylkill County)
Jefferson County History Center (Jefferson County)
Redbank Valley Trails Association (Clarion County)



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