Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

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.

The link below will take you to our online submission form. Based on feedback, we're offering a new submission process that will allow you to save your draft form in process and return to it. Submit when you're ready! You may be asked to create a free account with Submittable. Questions? Contact Melonie Babich at 717-234-2310 x4
EXTENSION: Submit by February 10, 2020
 Remember -- members of Preservation Pennsylvania are able to submit one award nomination free!



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.


 2019 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards


William Fontana
Pennsylvania Downtown Center
(Dauphin County)

Eugene L. DiOrio
(Chester County)

Cumberland County Historical Society
(Cumberland County)


Frankford Avenue Bridge over Pennypack Creek, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)

HONORING: PennDOT Engineering District 6-0; TranSystems; Loftus Construction


820 12th Street, Altoona, formerly the Dunmire Printing Building
(Blair County)
HONORING: A Better Address, Judy Coutts, Owner/Architect; Pyramid Engineering, PC; Fanale White & Associates

Lincoln Square Train Shed/Sprouts Market, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: KIMCO Realty; Alterra Property Group LLC; MIS Capital LLC; Kelly/Maeillo Architects.; INTECH Construction

Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: EB Realty Management (owner); Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Powers & Company, Preservation Consultant; David Chou & Associates; Concord Engineering Group


Abigail Vare Lofts, formerly Abigail Vare School, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: 1619 East Moyamensing Investment Partners; The Concordia Group; The How Group; Atlantes Architects; Powers & Company, Inc.

Baum Building, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: Brickstone Realty Corp.; SgRArchitects; DiGenova Associates; Cooke Brown Structural Engineers;
Urban Technology, Inc.; City Center Construction

Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
(Blair County)
HONORING: Blair County Courthouse Preservation Oversight Team; John Rita, PA-AIC;
David  Albright, AIA, LEED AP,  Albert Michaels Conservation, Inc.

Civic Theatre of Allentown, Allentown
(Lehigh County)
HONORING: Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC; Alvin H. Butz, Inc.; Harrison - Hamnett, PC; Stages Consultants, LLC; The Lighting Practice; C & B Consulting Engineers; LLC; Keystone Preservation Group; Becker & Frondorf; EverGreene Architectural Arts

Embreeville Scale House, Newlin Township
(Chester County)
HONORING: Amy and Lee Trainer, owners; Daniel Campbell, AIA; Graybill Custom Builders

Katsafanas Coffee Building, Pittsburgh
(Allegheny County)
HONORING: Q Development; Pfaffmann + Associates; Schneider Engineering;
 Iams Consulting LLC; Anthony Purcell;  Mistick Construction

Kingfly Spirits, Pittsburgh,
(Allegheny County)
HONORING: Mark Willson, Blake Ragghianti, owners; Margittai Architects; MM Marra Construction;  Iams Consulting

Ross Fording Road Bridge over Octoraro Creek, Cochranville
(Chester County)
HONORING: PennDOT Engineering District 6-0; HDR; Loftus Construction

Willock House, Pittsburgh
(Allegheny County)
HONORING: Q Development; Pfaffmann + Associates; Iams Consulting LLC; Schneider Engineering; Weisshouse;
 James Construction

Yarn Factory Lofts, formerly Wilde Yarn Mill, Manayunk
(Philadelphia County);
HONORING: Urban Conversions, owners; JKRP Architects; Ruggiero Plante, Blank Rome Lawyers; Carlisle Tax Credit Advisors; Berks Ridge Company Enterprises; Under Construction; Mural Arts of Philadelphia


Ha’Penny Barns, Oley
(Berks County)
HONORING: Peter and Pam Barbey, owners; Kautter & Kelley Architects; Barton Associates

Palm Court, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
(Allegheny County)
HONORING: Montgomery Smith Inc.; Renovation Services Incorporated
William Brinton 1704 House, Chadds Ford
(Delaware County)
HONORING: Brinton Association of America, owner; John Milner Architects, Inc.;  Griffiths Construction, Inc.;
 Mattia Exteriors; Northridge Masonry; ServiceMark, Inc.;
Integrations Electric, Inc.; Ralston Shop, Inc.


Delaware Canal Vision Study, DCNR, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
(Bucks & Northampton Counties)
HONORING: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Simone Collins Landscape Architecture; Harris Steinberg, AIA;  Delaware Canal 21; Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor; William Penn Foundation

Friends of Sellers Hall, Upper Darby
(Delaware County)
HONORING: John Milner Architects, Inc.;  Hanson Fine Building and Preservation

Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: PennPraxis; Saygrid

300 South Philip Street, Philadelphia
(Philadelphia County)
HONORING: City of Philadelphia Streets Department; Gilmore & Associates;
KMJ Consulting; Olivieri & Associates; JMT

Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster
(Lancaster County)
HONORING: Central Market Trust; Hammel Associates Architects, LLC  

Yeakel Cemetery Preservation Committee, Wyndmoor
(Montgomery County)
HONORING: Schwenkfelder Church, owner

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