2015 Historic Preservation Award Nomination Forms Available

Nominations for the annual awards for excellence in historic preservation are being accepted by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County through Friday, July 3, 2015.

“Increased awareness of the importance of historic preservation in Lancaster County seems to be a factor in the growing acceptance of adaptive re-use of historic buildings,” said Lisa Horst, president of the board of directors for the Historic Preservation Trust.  “Lancaster’s rich historical environment is one of the leading reasons why residents and visitors alike find the city and surrounding townships and boroughs attractive.  The annual historic preservation awards recognize those in our community who are helping to keep historic Lancaster County historic through their exceptional work to save, preserve, restore and celebrate the beauty of structures built by our forefathers. Recipients will be honored at our annual awards program on Tuesday, November 10.”

The historic preservation award categories are:

  • Leadership — presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance necessary to incorporate historic preservation into their long-range planning.
  • Sustainability – presented to the owner of any historically significant structure that has demonstrated over a significant period time a commitment to historic preservation through exemplary maintenance practices.
  • Preservation – presented to projects that comply fully with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (http://www.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/) A copy of the approved U. S. Department of the Interior Part III application must be submitted with the nomination form.
  • Restoration/ Adaptive Re-use — presented to projects where the historical character of a structure is maintained through thoughtful and sensitive additions and/or restorations.
  • Community Revitalization — presented to projects that enhance a historic area and contribute to overall neighborhood improvement.
  • Master Craftsman — presented for the meritorious efforts to save a historic structure through master level building skills and knowledge.

Historic preservation awards are presented in honor of C. Emlen Urban (1863 –1939), Lancaster’s preeminent architect who influenced Lancaster’s early architectural character.   He designed the Southern Market on Queen Street in 1888, the Watt & Shand Department Store (now the Lancaster County Convention Center) in 1898 and St. James Episcopal Church parish House on Duke Street in 1903.  “His work forms a bridge between the Victorian Era and the Modern Age,” Horst added

Individual award nominations are open to recognize long-time supporters of the Preservation Trust and volunteers. The Smedley Award, named for Lancaster educator and Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal reporter Frederick H. “Chip” Smedley III (1956-2013), is for to educator or journalist who has made special contributions to broadening the public’s understanding of historic preservation in Lancaster County

Nomination forms are available at the Historic Preservation Trust, 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, 717-291-5861 or director@hptrust.org.  Office hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday.  Forms also are available at www.hptrust.org.


Historic preservation award recipients in 2014 were:

  • Inspiration Award (long-time service) – Dr. Paul Ripple
  • Smedley Award (educator/journalist) – Gregg Scott
  • Haubert/Heisey Award (volunteer) – Judy Fry
  • LNP Media Group (Lancaster City) – Leadership Award
  • Neff-Rowe House (Strasburg Borough) – Preservation Award
  • Fulton Elementary School (Lancaster City) – Adaptive-reuse
  • The Harnish Farmhouse at Willow Valley Communities (West Lampeter Township) – Adaptive re-use
  • Lancaster City Hall (Lancaster City) – Adaptive-reuse
  • Lancaster Ironworks (Lancaster City) – Adaptive-reuse
  • Lancaster Train Station (Lancaster City) – Adaptive-reuse
  • William Montgomery Mansion (Lancaster City) – Adaptive-reuse
  • Nolt’s Mill (East Lampeter) – Adaptive-reuse
  • Providence Township Municipal Building (Providence Township) – Adaptive-reuse
  • The Booking House (Manheim Borough) – Master Craftsman
  • Steeple View Lofts (Lancaster City) – Community revitalization
  • Steinman Lofts (Lancaster City) – Community revitalization



About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others.  The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit, non-government funded organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster.  Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.