2012 Historic Preservation Trust Award Recipients

Volunteer awards:

Matt Bupp

Matt Bupp

Matt Bupp was honored with the Elvin N. Heisey Award for his support of the 2012 Gourmet Gala in May at the Stehli Silk Mill (circa 1897), a Lenders Group project in Lancaster.  He worked tirelessly to make the mill one of our best-ever gala fund-raiser venues. With 225,000 square feet on 12 acres, the Stehli Silk Mill is being developed for commercial, retail and residential re-use. The Lenders Group specializes in transforming former mills into modern day uses.


Jon and Jen Owens

Jen and Jon Owens

Jon and Jen Owens were honored with the Nancy J. Haubert Award for their loyal service as volunteers to the Historic Preservation Trust. In addition to owning a 19th century barn with a Preservation Trust easement, they have made valuable contributions as committee members.  Jon has served on the preservation action committee, and Jen has served on the organization’s events committee.  They offered their Bausman Farmstead in Lancaster Township for the  successful 2011 Harvest Social. Brookline Builders specializes in historic restorations and repairs


Leadership Award:

  • New Holland Museum

    New Holland Museum

    The NEW HOLLAND AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY for its adaptive reuse of the former Kauffman’s Hardware Store (circa 1779) in downtown New Holland as the New Holland Area Historical Society Museum. Its 1,300 square feet is a top-quality showcase for area commercial, civic and personal artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.


C. Emlen Urban  Preservation Awards:

  • FOLLIN SMITH and JOHN GERDY for their adaptive reuse of the tobacco barn (circa 1905) at 409 Sickman’s Mill Road in Conestoga. The barn today is a 3,500 square-foot residential guest house.
  • The DROGARIS COMPANIES for preserving the original character of its Liberty North development at 1060 North Charlotte Street in Lancaster. Formerly two Armstrong World Industries properties, Liberty North is today apartments, offices and commercial space.
  • HISTORIC EAST SIDE SUITES, LLP (Meeder Development and Wohlsen Construction Company) for restoring and renovating the Historic East Side Suites at 141-159 East King Street in Lancaster. Residential, office and retail space was created while maintaining the unique historic character of East King Street.


Community Revitalization Awards:

  • JAMES STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT for the North Central Elm Street Program – a five-year initiative that focused on residential and pedestrian improvements in accordance with historic guidelines. Overseen by the City of Lancaster, the program has helped stabilize a neighborhood that is now poised for long-term sustainable growth.


  • Mountville Community Center

    Mountville Community Center

    MOUNTVILLE BOROUGH AUTHORITY for the Mountville Area Commun ity Center at 120 College Avenue in Mountville. Formerly the Mountville Elementary School (circa 1901)




  • SUSQUEHANNA WAGMAN ASSOCIATES I for Sycamore Square which is comprised of the four historic structures that were once utility buildings for the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Formerly blighted and unused, Sycamore Square is today a vibrant, village-like commercial center.