2021 C. Emlen Urban Award Winners Announced

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,”…

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How to Uncover the History of Your Home

This article comes courtesy of Daniela Gonzalez from Porch.  Every house has a history and a story to tell. Unless your home is brand-new construction, each home carries its unique background and may have some fascinating tales to tell. You might wonder how to trace the history of your home to learn more about it. Each…

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Architectural Symbolism – Octagons: Redemption and Restoration

Here’s a fun fact about architectural symbolism and the number eight. The number eight holds profound significance in European Christianity. Church architecture often incorporates design elements that include octagons, especially those dating back to the Colonial period. You might be asking yourself why the number eight is so important. The answer lies in Easter Sunday.…

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2015 C. Emlen Urban Award Recipients

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. Excentia, Lancaster City Susquehanna Center for the Arts, Columbia Wacker on Walnut, Lancaster City Warehouse 210, Lancaster City Fulton Theater/101 West King, Lancaster City 401 West Walnut, Lancaster City…

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2016 C. Emlen Urban Award Recipients

LEADERSHIP AWARD Presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance to incorporate historic preservation in their long-range plans. Becky & Don Murphy, Cimarron Investments, LLC 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…

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2017 C. Emlen Urban Award Recipients

LEADERSHIP AWARD Presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance to incorporate historic preservation in their long-range plans. David & Tierney Abel of Elizabethtown; B&D Builders (contractor); Tanglewood Solar & Electric LLC and Haldeman Brothers (subcontractors), The Star Barn SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Presented to the owner of any historic structure or…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: The Modern Era

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses Lancaster County in the modern era. Memories often cloud our understanding of history by infusing nostalgia where it doesn’t belong. This video chapter takes a snapshot look at more recent events from the 20th century, while still being uniquely set…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Buildings and Structures

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the buildings and structures of Lancaster County. From the quaint to the truly remarkable, the legacy of generations past can be experienced in a unique way by looking at what still stands from prior generations. Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Industry, Commerce, and Transportation

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the industry, commerce, and transportation in Lancaster County. Our county’s continued level of robust activities has been remarkably sustainable from the start. It also becomes the driver for everything the community endeavors to do. Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County…

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