Nominees for the annual awards for excellence in historic preservation are being accepted by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.
“While the awards will not be presented until our annual meeting in November, we need nominations now so those nominated can be evaluated by the awards selection committee,” said Lisa Horst, president of the board of directors for the Historic Preservation Trust. “Following the exceptional series on historic preservation by Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal reporter Jack Brubaker, we are hopeful that historic preservation awareness and support will increase in Lancaster County. This, in turn, should result in more interest in homes, barns, bridges and other structures that exemplify excellence in historic preservation.”
All nominations are due by no later than Thursday, July 4, 2013. Nomination forms are available at the Historic Preservation Trust at 717-291-5861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award categories are (1) preservation honors for master craftsman or new construction, (2) community revitalization recognitions and (3) the C. Emlen Urban Awards for preservation, leadership, research or philanthropy
The work of C. Emlen Urban (1863 –1939), Lancaster’s preeminent architect, influenced Lancaster’s early architectural character. He designed the Southern Market (now home to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry) on Queen Street in 1888, the Watt & Shand Department Store (now the LancasterCountyConvention 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.
Award recipients in 2012 included the New Holland Area History Museum (C. Emlen Urban Leadership Award), Follin Smith and John Gerdy for their adaptive reuse of a 1905 tobacco barn in Conestoga (C. Emlen Urban Preservation Award), the James Street Improvement District for its North Central Elm Street Program in Lancaster (Community Revitalization Award), and Matt Bupp, developer of the Stehli Silk Mill in Lancaster (volunteer award).
About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in LancasterCounty,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to preserve and protect LancasterCounty’s rich historic and architectural character through education, advocacy and direct action. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important LancasterCounty landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others. The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit 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.