Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 C. Emlen Urban Awards!

The Trust’s annual meeting and awards banquet is held every year to honor Lancaster’s pre-eminent architect – C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939). We encourage you to nominate a project or person that contributed to the preservation of Lancaster County’s historic architecture and sites.

Thank You!

Your generous donations toward this year's "Extraordinary Give" help us advance the cause of historic preservation in Lancaster County.

Much appreciated!

Architectural Tour Booklets Now On Sale

These booklets provide a detailed look at the architectural treasures found in the historic municipalities of Ephrata and Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Each booklet is richly adorned with photographs and descriptions of each town's most striking and significant homes, buildings, factories, municipal structures, and more.

Ephrata Tour Booklet

Featuring Ephrata’s architectural treasures highlighted the Trust’s Ephrata Architectural Walking Tour.

Ephrata Walking Tour Booklet

Columbia Tour Booklet

A booklet featuring the architectural gems of the Trust’s 2019 Columbia Architectural Walking Tour.

Lancaster City Tour Booklet

An architectural walking tour booklet featuring the innovative style of Lancaster City's own C. Emlen Urban.

My buildings will be my legacy... they will speak for me long after I'm gone.

Julia Morgan

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.

Daniel Libeskind

We live in a time of renaissance … cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect.

Daniel Libeskind

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Frank Gehry

Our Mission:

To encourage and facilitate historic preservation throughout Lancaster County.