2022 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards are an annual celebration of excellence that began in 1979.

We celebrated this year's honorees on Tuesday, November 15 at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester (Chester County). 

Honor Awards

F. Otto Haas Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation

Preservation Pennsylvania Ruby Anniversary Retrospective of Four Decades of Leadership in the Field

Henry A. Jordan Award for Outstanding Historic Preservation Efforts at the Local Level

Royal Square Development & Construction 
(York County)

Chairperson’s Award for Demonstrated Leadership in Historic Preservation

Tom and Heather Papinchak, Polymath Park
(Westmoreland County)

Leadership Awards

People Saving Places Award

In Honor of Preservation Pennsylvania’s 40th Anniversary
The Friends of the Sheepford Road Bridge and West Shore Historical Society
(Cumberland and York Counties)

Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation and Archaeology

Bryn Mawr Avenue Bridges Rehabilitation Project
Bryn Mawr (Delaware County)
Honoring PennDOT Engineering District 6-0; TranSystems; Loftus Construction

Local Government

Luzerne County Courthouse
200 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County)
Honoring Luzerne County; John Canning & Co., Ltd.; A+E Group JV

Philadelphia Public Services Building - PPSB
(Former Philadelphia Inquirer Building)
400 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)
Honoring: Tower Investments, Inc.; Powers & Company, Inc.; O’Donnell & Naccarato


Christ Church (Tower & Steeple Restoration)
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)
Honoring Christ Church Project Committee; John Milner Architects; Haverstick Borthwick; Keast & Hood

Preservation Planning

Belmont/David M. Mayer House
1580 Fruitville Pike
Manheim Township (Lancaster County)
Honoring Delta Development Group, Inc.; Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County; Manbel Devco I, Limited Partnership; RGS Associates, Inc.; Ames Construction/Eby Exteriors; Bernardon; Belmont Investors, LLC; Hammel Associates Architects; Wohlsen Construction

Public Impact

For excellence in using a historic building as a catalyst to enrich a community
Columbia Market House
15 S 3rd Street
Columbia (Lancaster County)
Honoring Borough of Columbia; Hammel Associates Architects, LLC; Moore Engineering Company

Construction Awards


300-400 blocks of West 6th Streets   
Erie (Erie County)
Honoring Historic Erie Restorations, LLC; Delta Development Group; Kidder Architects, LLC: Kidder Jefferys Construction, LLC; Jefferys Engineering, LLC

Elizabeth Furnace
2121 Furnace Hills Pike
Elizabeth Township (Lancaster County)
Honoring EFP, LLC (Craig & Bruce Coleman); Delta Development Group, Inc.; BubbDesign; Citadel DCA, LLC; Stable Hollow Construction

Main Street Bridge over SEPTA
Main Street
Sellersville (Bucks County)
Honoring PennDOT District 6-0; HDR, Inc.; Loftus Construction

PATH Center
1919 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)
Honoring PATH (People Acting to Help), Inc.; Powers & Company; Bloomfield and Associates Architects; Bruce E. Brooks & Associates; W.S. Cumby Construction

Roxian Theatre
425 Chartiers Avenue
McKees Rocks (Allegheny County)
Honoring Roxian Live, LLC; PWWG Architects; CJL Engineering; Schneider Engineering, LLC; Babichacoustics

Wilkinsburg Train Station
Hay Street at Ross Street
Wilkinsburg (Allegheny County)
Honoring Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation; Powers & Co.; MCF Architecture; SOTA Construction Services


Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church
916 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)
Honoring Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation; Materials Conservation Co, LLC

Warfield House
Gettysburg National Military Park, Millerstown Road
Gettysburg (Adams County)
Honoring the National Park Service; the Gettysburg National Military Park Structures Preservation Branch; Page; Silman

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Henry A. Jordan Award
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Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation or Archaeology
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2021 Awards

Thank you to everyone who joined us to kick off our 40th Anniversary year.

We honored Jeff Marshall (Bucks County) and Sydelle Zove (Montgomery County) for their outstanding work.

Our keynote speaker was Bonnie McDonald of The Relevancy Project, speaking about the future of historic preservation.

Not able to attend? View the event video below and read our news post about the 2021 Preservation Pennsylvania Honor Awards.

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Updates on award recipients & Sponsors

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pennsylvania historic preservation awards

Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Awards continue a tradition started in 1979 to honor excellence in preservation. The annual awards recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by both individuals and organizations. The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually by Preservation Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards were held as part of  the Statewide Conference on Heritage and took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  

If you weren't able to attend, click here to view the award ceremony.

Click here for the downloadable awards newsletter pdf.

Newsletter Archive/Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

links to come!

2020 Awards newsletter

2019 Awards

2018 Awards

2017 Awards

HONOR Awards



F. Otto Haas Award

In 1987, Preservation Pennsylvania established this award to honor their Past Chairman, F. Otto Haas (1915-1994), a noted preservationist and philanthropist. The award is a standing recognition of his service and contributions to historic preservation across the state.

Mr. Haas was a founding board member Preservation Pennsylvania, served two terms as Chairman of the Board, and was a valuable advisor to the organization until his death in 1994. His dedication to Preservation Pennsylvania and historic preservation in Pennsylvania still inspires us today.

This award honors outstanding individual or group achievements in the field of historic preservation over an extended period.

2021 Jeffrey Marshall
2020  Brenda Barrett
2019  William Fontana, Pennsylvania Downtown Center
2018  Natural Lands
2017  The Progress Fund
2016  Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office
2015  Thomas B. Hagen
2014  Paul M. Heberling
2013  A. Roy Smith
2012  Janet S. Klein
2011  Susan Star Paddock and No Casino Gettysburg
2010  John Milner, FAIA
2009  Robert and Ruth Bascom, Wharton Esherick Museum
2008  Partners for Sacred Places
2007  Rick Sebak
2006  Caroline E. Boyce
2005  Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program, PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
2004  Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee
2003  Charles Peterson FAIA
2002  John B. Rosenthal & Pennrose Properties
2001  Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr.
2000  Thomas Hylton
1999  Mary Werner DeNadai
1998  Louis J. Appell, Jr.
1997  Henry A. Jordan, M.D.
1996  Steel Industry Heritage Corporation
1995  Samuel Dornsife
1994  John Murtha
1993  Kurt Zwikl
1992  Hyman Myers
1991  Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
1990  The Pew Charitable Trusts, William Penn Foundation, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
1989  First National Bank of Pennsylvania
1988  Chester County Commissioners

Henry A. Jordan Award

This award is named for Henry A. Jordan (1936-2010), a former Preservation Pennsylvania Board Chairman and life-long supporter of the historic preservation movement.

In keeping with Henry’s belief that it is at the local level where real historic preservation occurs, this award honors outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local/regional level.

2021 Sydelle Zove
2020  Historic Gettysburg Adams County Barn Preservation Project
2019  Eugene L. DiOrio
2018  Astride McLanahan
2017  James L. Brown IV
2016  City of Lancaster
2015  Jacqueline J. Melander
2014  Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.
2013  Historic Harrisburg Association
2012  Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
2011  John Andrew Gallery
2010  Thomas Potter, AIA

Modjeski Award

The Modjeski Award is named for Ralph Modjeski (1861–1940), considered "America's greatest bridge builder." He emigrated from Poland in 1876 at the age of 15. In 1885 he graduated from the School of Bridges and Roads in France at the top of his class. He went on to become a highly successful civil engineer and one of the twentieth century's most famous designers and builders of bridges, with nearly 40 bridges spanning the great rivers of North America. In 1930, Modjeski was awarded the Fritz Gold Medal, with a citation for his genius in combining strength and beauty. He was also honored by the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1966 by a resolution citing him as one of America's "greatest inventors."

In 1893, he started his own firm that became known as Modjeski and Masters when Frank M. Masters joined the firm in 1924. He remained professionally active until 1936, training succeeding generations of American bridge designers and engineers.

When an award was proposed to honor Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation or Archaeology, the name Ralph Modjeski seemed a perfect fit to honor the very best in the transportation field.

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