Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics
, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at the nexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments for public and non-profit sector clients in 49 US states.
He is the author of several publications including Community Initiated Development, The Economics of Rehabilitation, and the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings. Rypkema’s book, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide is widely used by preservationists nationwide and has been translated in to Russian and Korean.
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)
- 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)
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.
- For exceptional quality preservation/heritage publications or outstanding media coverage of preservation/heritage efforts or issues. 2016 Recipient: Preservation Erie (Erie County)
- 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)
- For innovative and exceptional preservation/heritage educational programs or curricula. 2016 Recipient: Zimmerman Center for Heritage (York County)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 honor outstanding examples of
- Private/Homeowner/Small business 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.