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Nominations Open for 2024 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations Open for 2024 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

by S. Smith

Each year, since 1979, Preservation Pennsylvania, the commonwealth’s only private statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them, has presented the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Awards. These awards honor exceptional preservation work taking place across the commonwealth. There are three major categories for award recognition: the Honor Awards, Leadership Awards, and Construction Awards. The deadline to nominate an award is Tuesday, June 18. Information on submission of a nomination is available at the organization’s website: preservationpa.org.

Construction Awards

The annual Construction Awards honor outstanding examples of private/homeowner/small business rehabilitation; restoration; rehabilitation; infill/new construction in a historic district; or documentation (pre-construction).

Examples of possible submissions might include a small business owner’s facade restoration; adaptive reuse of an old building for affordable housing; a homeowner’s sensitive update of a neglected building; or rehabilitation of a white elephant property for a new use. This category includes a Special Focus Award: the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation or Archaeology, which is for an exceptional effort within the transportation field that results in an improvement in transportation systems while respecting and preserving the best practices of compatible design and historic preservation principles.

Leadership Awards

The Leadership Awards recognize preservation achievements in the following categories.

Nominations are welcome from enthusiastic preservationists, including homeowners, small business owners, municipalities, historical societies, architecture firms, cultural resource management consultants, developers, and specialty trade firms. The deadline to submit is June 18, 2024.

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.

The organization assists individuals, organizations, corporations, and governmental agencies from across the Commonwealth 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. More information about Preservation Pennsylvania and resources to help preserve historic places in Pennsylvania are available at preservationpa.org.