Historic Preservation Trust Reaches Out to Area Businesses

Businesses in many historic cities support historic preservation so the unique character of those cities will be maintained. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County is reaching out to area businesses in hopes of gaining similar support in Lancaster County.

“Businesses that do support the Preservation Trust here realize that the benefits of historic preservation include neighborhood revitalization, economic development, heritage tourism and conservation,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust Board of Directors.  “All businesses benefit either directly or indirectly when historic structures are saved and restored and then serve as the catalysts for preserving entire neighborhoods.  Those areas attract additional investment and create a positive business environment.”

Current business supporters of the Preservation Trust are Advanced Landscapes,  Ben Franklin Plumbing, Benchmark Construction, Bertz Hess & Co., Brookline Builders, Certified Carpets, Columbia Rivertowne Antique Center, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, The Donegal Insurance Group, Erb Brothers Landscaping, Galebach’s Floor Finishing, Gallagher & Sons Construction, Geten, LLC, Gilbert Architects, Greenebaum Structures, GSM Roofing, Harmon & Davies, P. C., HighTech-Coatings, Historic Restorations, Historic Smithton Inn, The Horst Group, IQonQ, Inc., Janney Montgomery Scott, Joel’s Painting, Inc., K Electric,  K&W Tire Company, Keller Williams Realty(Chandra Mast), Landis Communities, Richard Levengood Architects, Manheim Auto Auction, MBC Building & Remodeling, Mister Sparky, MMarchitects, Moxie House (fig magazine), Nxtbook Media, Olde Mill House Shoppes, PA Home Care of Lancaster, Paint Medix, Post & Schell, PC, PPL Electric Utilities, Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat, PC, Prudential Homesale Services (Connie Ginder),  Prudential Homesale Services (Jeff LeFevre), Prudential Homesale Services (Susan Allison), Rebath & More, Rhoads Energy, Rohrer’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, Select Security, Seven Trees Woodworking, Sign Medix Inc., Simeral Construction, Steeple Chase Lofts, Special Occasions, Tippetts, Weaver architects, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, The Tuckey Companies, UGI Utilities, Ville Painters, Willow Valley Communities, White Horse Construction, and Wohlsen Construction.

Horst said businesses can support the Preservation Trust in a number of ways – list on the Preservation Trust’s online business resource directory ($120 for 12 months), join at the business member level ($250 for a year), sponsor the Preservation Trust online newsletter ($600 to $100) or sponsor special events  ($1500 to $250)that include the Gourmet Gala in May, the architectural history tour in October and the annual preservation awards in November. The online directory is becoming a popular resource for individuals and organizations interested in locating professionals that specialize in historic preservation trades and services.

“Businesses throughout the county will be contacted during the first part of January, and we are hopeful support will increase, especially from sectors that are not represented among our current supporters,” Horst added.  “With broad-based support, our volunteers are able to bring together individuals and organizations to identify and protect homes, barns, bridges, mills and other Lancaster County structures that are historically significant. Funding also is important as we modernize research capabilities for our archives of more than 10,000 properties. Our goal is to keep historic Lancaster County… historic.”

Businesses interested in supporting historic preservation in Lancaster County should call              717-291-5861 or send an e-mail to joepatterson@hptrust.org.

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 the preservation of historic structures 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 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.