Preservation Trust Historic Plaque Program Application
To qualify for the program, a structure must have been built during the World War II era or earlier and must be at least one of the following:
- the site of a significant local, state or national event.
- a site that can be identified with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the county, state or nation.
- the work of a master builder, designer, or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the county, state or nation.
- a building that is recognized for the quality of its architecture.
- an example of historic preservation excellence, including re-adaptive use
(Please print or type. Submit with photos of building or structure.)
Name of applicant
Address of applicant
Phone no. of applicant
Email of applicant
if different from applicant:
Name of owner
Address of owner
Phone no. of owner
Email of owner
Background information on Preservation Trust Historic Plaque candidate structure:
Address of candidate structure
Construction date of candidate structure
Name of architect/builder (if available)
Name of significant person(s) associated with structure
Name of significant event(s) associated with structure
Significant or outstanding exterior details
Information about significance of structure:
Source of this information: (attach copies if possible)
Resources for researching the histories of Lancaster County structures
- At its headquarters at 123 N. Prince St., the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County has information about thousands of historic properties around the county. It’s open Monday-Thursday (Fridays by appointment). Call 291-5861 or visit hptrust.org.
- You probably can find most of the past owners of your property by searching the Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds’ website, Lancasterdeeds.com. For older deeds, you may need to use the site’s e-film reader, for which there are instructions on the site.
- Bonnie L. Bowman, recorder of deeds, says researchers may call 299-8238, or visit the office in the county government center, 150 N. Queen St., Suite 315, on weekdays to ask her staff for help. Download deed documents at home at no cost; printouts at the recorder’s office will run you 25 cents a page.
- On the archives’ website, co.lancaster.pa.us/lancoarchives, click “House History resources” link for a description of documents, records and maps that might be useful in research. The county archives are in Suite 10 of the county government center. Call: 299-8319.
- Twice a year, archivist John Bennawit offers a free class, “Homemade History: Researching Your Historic Home in the Lancaster County Archives.” This year, the course will be offered June 7 and Sept. 13, at the county government center. Reserve a seat at 299-8257.
- Help in searching documents through the county historical society, Lancasterhistory.org, is available Monday-Saturday at the Campus of History, Marietta and North President avenues. Call 392-4633. The “Guides “ menu on the society’s website contains a “House History” section that will guide you through the process of examining your house for useful architectural evidence, and searching land records and other resources.
- The Lancaster Mennonite Society , 2215 Millstream Road, contains records including family histories, estate papers, photographs, postcards and historical books published by local municipalities. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday. Call 393-9745 or visit Lmhs.org.
Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, 123 North Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603