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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:

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.

  • Adaptability/Sustainability – Innovative approaches in planning for the effects of climate change. Examples might include a municipal study for stormwater management or mitigating the effects of flooding in a historic district, use of innovative technologies or materials in retrofitting a historic building, or creatively overcoming obstacles in the rehab of a challenging building.
  • Communication – Exceptional quality in research initiatives, preservation/heritage publications, outstanding educational campaigns, social media outreach or media coverage of preservation/heritage efforts or issues.
  • Community Involvement – Community preservation/heritage issues or projects ranging from a grassroots advocacy project to commemoration of a place/person or event.
  • Education – Innovative preservation/heritage educational programs or curricula.
  • Emergency Response – In recognition of quick action to repair and/or preserve a historic resource after a threat or catastrophic event, such as fire, flooding, or tornadoes.
  • Grassroots Advocacy – Innovative examples of assistance that helped communities protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them.
  • Local Government – For exceptional government support and/or involvement in preservation/heritage issues, programs, or projects.
  • Preservation Planning – Demonstrate the best planning and development practices to promote historic preservation, whether grassroots development or large-scale multi-jurisdictional.
  • Public Impact – Excellence in using a historic building as a catalyst to enrich a community. Includes examples of small business or adaptive reuse.
  • Stewardship – Exceptional stewardship efforts by an individual or group on behalf of a significant historic resource. (Ongoing standard maintenance does not rise to award level.)

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

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