C. Emlen Urban Awards

Photo of C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939)

C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939)

The Trust’s mission is to educate and advocate for the preservation of significant Lancaster County historic sites and architecture. Each year the Trust recognizes projects that reflect our mission and individuals who strive to achieve this mission.

The Trust’s annual meeting and awards banquet is held in November to honor Lancaster’s pre-eminent architect – C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939). We encourage you to nominate a project or person for one of our awards listed on the right side of the page that have contributed to the preservation of Lancaster County’s historic architecture and sites.

The C. Emlen Urban awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those in the area who have helped to keep alive the architect’s vision and to preserve Lancaster’s unique history as seen through the County’s architecture.

There are nine categories of awards. Nominations are received all year long. The nominations are reviewed and additional information obtained, if necessary. Selection of winners is competitive. In September, the Trust Board makes the final decision on winners. (There may be more than one winner in each category). Winners are notified and announced in the press, displayed on the Trust Web Site and included in our newsletter. Those selected will be invited to our Annual Meeting where they will be presented with their awards and asked to prepare a display for guests to enjoy at the annual meeting.

Past Recipients

2018 C. Emlen Urban Award Recipients

Leadership Award Presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance to incorporate historic preservation in their long-range plans. Pamela Stoner, Samuel Slaymaker, and Deborah Smith for the Rock Ford Plantation’s preservation of the General Hand Mansion and their education on Lancaster history. Landmark Property Rehabilitation Award Presented to the owner…
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AWARD CATEGORIES

Project Awards
Individual Awards
Project Awards

Leadership Award - Presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance to incorporate historic preservation in their long-range plans.

Landmark Property Rehabilitation Award - Presented to the owner of any landmark historic structure that demonstrates a long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain historic significance.

Sustainability Award - Presented to the owner of any historic structure or site that demonstrates a long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain historic significance.

Preservation Award - Presented for projects that comply with local, state or national standards for preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of an historic structure or site.

Adaptive Reuse Award - Presented for projects that reuse an historic structure, site or portion of a building for purposes other than it was originally built.

Community Revitalization Award - Presented for projects that enhance a historic district or community that includes historic buildings and improves the quality of life in the neighborhood.

Master Craftsman Award - Presented for meritorious efforts to save a historic structure through master level building skills and knowledge.

Individual Awards

Inspiration (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to an individual who has been a long-time supporter of the Historic Preservation Trust and its mission

Haubert/Heisey Award (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to an individual who has supported the Historic Preservation Trust in an exemplary manner.

Smedley Award (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to a journalist or educator who has shown extraordinary support for historic preservation in Lancaster County.