West Chester Historic Preservation Awards 2014
October 22, 2014 | Elizabeth McGuire
West Chester, PA - The West Chester Downtown Foundation and the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Committee honored five individuals and projects that made an outstanding contribution to the historic preservation of West Chester. With the support of the West Chester Business Improvement District and generous sponsors, the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony took place on October 21, 2014 at the Chester County Historical Society.
According to the mission of the program, "The purpose of the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards program is to raise awareness and appreciation of West Chester Borough's historic character and to encourage the preservation of the Borough's historic integrity."
The West Chester Historic Preservation Program has three award categories:
The West Chester Historic Preservation Awards is a Program of the West Chester Downtown Foundation (WCDF), a non-profit organization that promotes community interest in the vitality, culture & livability of Downtown West Chester through education, historic preservation, and collaboration.
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The following individuals and projects were honored:
Jane E. Dorchester receives Special Recognition Award
Jane E. Dorchester, Jane E. Dorchester Architectural Historian, recognized for her committed efforts to establish the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Program.
At the request of the West Chester Downtown Foundation, Jane took on the challenge of developing an annual historic preservation awards program for West Chester. The goal of the awards was to promote the understanding and appreciation of historic preservation in West Chester through public education. Jane recruited an awards committee and guided the group through a two-year process to create the program from scratch. The high quality of recipients that have been recognized over the past four years is a testament to the strength of the preservation community in West Chester. Jane is a leader in that community. The committee recognizes Jane for her selfless dedication to establishing the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Program.
PRESERVATION SERVICE AWARD
BRICKS and MORTER AWARDS
>> Chester County Courthouse (High & Market Streets) -- This project is significant because this effort to rehabilitate and restore the primary symbol of the Borough of West Chester to active and useful service is an exceptional example of the renovation project that is sensitive, not only to West Chester's historic fabric, but also to the architectural nature of the building itself. In addition to restoring this centerpiece symbol -- now in active use by District Court 15-1-04 -- the rehabilitation and restoration uncovered hidden door frames and the architectural details, allowing visitors to now see the Courthouse as it could have looked in 1847, with vaulted ceilings, marble stairs and walls and trim painted in historic colors.
>> James and Margaret Hudgings Twin House (409-411 W. Union St.) -- James and Margaret Hudgings were honored for the careful maintenance of their home and, particularly, the construction and design decisions that resulted in the replacement of the original slate roof and a new standing seam copper front porch roof. This project is a fine example of how homeowners can show their respect for the historic character of a building, and the streetscape in which the house stands, by incorporating good preservation practices.
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The WCDF gratefully acknowledges the support of its generous sponsors and supporting partners.
David B. Reinfeld
Anonymous Friend of the WCDF