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C. Emlen Urban Awards
The Trust’s mission is to educate and advocate for the preservation of significant Lancaster County historic sites and architecture. Each year the Trust recognizes projects that reflect our mission and individuals who strive to achieve this mission.
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 for one of our awards listed on the right side of the page that have contributed to the preservation of Lancaster County’s historic architecture and sites.
The C. Emlen Urban awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those in the area who have helped to keep alive the architect’s vision and to preserve Lancaster’s unique history as seen through the County’s architecture.
There are numerous categories of awards, both for project and individual awards. Nominations are received all year long. The nominations are reviewed and additional information obtained, if necessary. Selection of winners is competitive. The Trust's Board of Directors makes the final decision on winners. (There may be more than one winner in each category). Winners are notified and announced in the press, displayed on the Trust's web site and included in our newsletter. Those selected will be invited to our Annual Meeting where they will be presented with their awards and asked to prepare a display for guests to enjoy at the annual meeting.
Submit Your Nomination Here
Click on any of the Award names below to start the nomination process, or choose from the drop-down list above.
Adaptive Reuse Award - Presented for projects that reuse an historic structure, site or portion of a building for purposes other than it was originally built.
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.
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.
Landmark Property Rehabilitation Award - Presented to the owner of any landmark historic structure that demonstrates a long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain historic significance.
Leadership Award - Presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance to incorporate historic preservation in their long-range plans.
Master Craftsman Award - Presented for meritorious efforts to save a historic structure through master level building skills and knowledge.
Neighborhood Preservation Award - Presented for projects that comply with local, state, or national standards for preservation, rehabilitation or restorations 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.
Preservation Award - Presented for projects that comply with local, state or national standards for preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of an historic structure or site.
Sustainability Award - Presented to the owner of any historic structure or site that demonstrates a long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain historic significance.
Inspiration (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to an individual who has been a long-time supporter of the Historic Preservation Trust and its mission
Haubert/Heisey Award (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to an individual who has supported the Historic Preservation Trust in an exemplary manner.
Smedley Award (Individual Nomination) - This Award is presented to a journalist or educator who has shown extraordinary support for historic preservation in Lancaster County.