About Us

About Preservation Pennsylvania

Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth's only private statewide nonprofit organization* dedicated to helping people protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them. 

Preservation Pennsylvania was established by the Commonwealth's General Assembly in 1982 as the Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania, a statewide revolving fund to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of historic properties. Since then, Preservation Pennsylvania has grown into its role as a private, nonprofit membership organization with a statewide mission to protect and preserve Pennsylvania's irreplaceable historic places. 

We assist individuals, organizations, corporations, and governmental agencies from across the Commonwealth (and sometimes the nation) in their own preservation-related efforts, through a dynamic scope of activities and services. Whether as a leader, partner, or advisor, Preservation Pennsylvania works to secure the future of the past through educational outreach workshops and events, legislative advocacy, advisory and technical assistance in the field, and other special initiatives. 

We look forward to assisting you with your own preservation-related projects. Please explore the Resources,  Participate and News sections to discover the many ways we can help. 

* There is occasional confusion that we are the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. We are not. We are a "private statewide nonprofit organization" – though we work often, and in partnership with, the State Historic Preservation Office.

Autographed Book

Click here to order your copy of Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the State's Top 100 National Landmarks, by Mindy Crawford, Preservation Pennsylvania's Executive Director.

Preservation Pennsylvania offers community preservation workshops and educational sessions on a variety of topics. Some of our popular topics include:
Book Talk: Historic Pennsylvania (Globe Pequot Press)
Defensible Decision Making
Preserving Your Borough (basic tools for preserving communities)
Certified Local Government Basics
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
Design in Downtown Historic Districts
The Value of Authenticity (re: Alternative Materials)
Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
Adaptive Reuse: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Rehabilitating Existing Buildings for New Uses
Fire Detection and Suppression for Buildings in Historic Districts
New Construction in Historic Districts
The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania
From the Golden Plough to the Golden Arches: Roadside Architecture

Custom topics can be prepared with sufficient notice. Our professional staff has a wide range of expertise and is passionate about sharing preservation knowledge with others.

We offer the services listed below. Fees vary based on the size of the project, number of staff involved, and other project variables. Project pricing ranges from $500 to several thousand dollars, depending on complexity and timeline.
Historic Resource Inventories
Historic Resource Survey Forms
National Register Nominations
Tax Credit Applications
Condition Assessment + Preservation Treatment Plans
Rehabilitation Plans
Feasibility Studies
Design Guidelines
Project Management
Meeting Facilitation
Outreach & Communications
Event Management

Will you support preservation?