2021 C. Emlen Urban Award Winners

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Announces the 2021 Recipients of their Annual C. Emlen Urban Awards

The C. Emlen Urban Awards recognize people and projects for their efforts in preserving significant historic sites in Lancaster County.

Lancaster, PA, October 2021 – 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 educate and advocate for the preservation of significant Lancaster County historic sites and architecture. The Trust has been directly involved with preserving more than three dozen important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance, and guidance in the protection of others.

Each year, the Trust recognizes projects that reflect its mission and individuals who strive to achieve it at an Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, usually held in November. However, due to the pandemic, the Trust has decided to postpone the awards presentation portion of the event to the Spring of 2022 (date TBD). The awards dinner will feature a presentation from keynote speaker, David Blackburn, Site Administrator and Director of the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. The Trust plans to hold its annual membership meeting virtually on December 9, 2021.

The Urban Awards series was named after Lancaster’s preeminent architect – C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939). The awards are the Trust’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to those in the area who have helped to keep the architect’s vision alive and to preserve Lancaster’s unique history as seen through the County’s architecture.

The 2021 recipients of the C. Emlen Urban Awards are, as follows:

ADAPTIVE REUSE AWARD – Presented for projects that reuse a historic structure, site, or portion of a building for purposes other than it was originally built.

  • Accelerator LLC, 252 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA (Henrietta Heisler, Owner, Henrietta Heisler Interiors)
  • Best Engine Works, 341-349 East Fulton Street, Lancaster, PA (Caldwell, Heckles & Egan, Inc. (CHE); Tippetts/Weaver Architects; and RGS Associates, Inc.)


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.

  • The Columbia Market House, 15 S. 3rdStreet, Columbia, PA (Columbia Borough; CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health; and Hammel Associates Architects, LLC)


HISTORICAL AWARENESS RECOGNITION AWARD – Presented to an individual or group who recognizes the value of saving historical artifacts and takes the initiative to ensure their preservation.

  • Jeremy Simmons, for preserving and salvaging the historic fabric of 791 Stony Battery Rd. farmhouse before its demolition


LANDMARK PROPERTY REHABILITATION AWARD –Presentedto the owner of any landmark historic structure that demonstrates a long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain historic significance.

  • Elizabeth Furnace Campus, 2121 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA (Craig Coleman, Owner; James Bubb, BubbDesign; and Lynn Scott Paden, A.I.A., Citadel DCA)

NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION AWARD – Presented for projects that comply with local, state, or national standards for preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of a historic structure and which contributes to the character of the neighborhood and has a substantially positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community.
  • Long Crest - Presbyterian Senior Living, 200 N. West End Avenue, Lancaster, PA (Presbyterian Senior Living Housing Management Corp.; Wohlsen Construction; Noelker & Hull Associates; and RGS Associates, Inc.)


PRESERVATION AWARD – Presented for projects that comply with local, state or national standards for preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of a historic structure or site.

  • Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, 1068 Chestnut Level Rd, Quarryville, PA (Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church and Hammel Associates Architects, LLC)