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West Chester Historic Preservation Awards 2012

Dr. Walter HippleSeptember 27, 2012

West Chester, PA -- Dr. Walter Hipple, a retired local educator, historian, and long-time Borough volunteer, has been awarded Preservationist of the Year by the West Chester Downtown Foundation.

"He was chosen because of his efforts to preserve West Chester’s historic fabric throughout his long service as Chairman of the West Chester Historical and Architectural Review Board," said Jane E. Dorchester, who guided the process for the WCDF. "We also recognize his dedication to disseminating the architectural history of the Borough by serving as coordinator and guide for the West Chester Town Tour and authoring three walking tour guides."

West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Program began in 2011 to recognize outstanding individuals and projects within the Borough of West Chester. Dr. Hipple, along with seven preservation projects, were honored at a breakfast reception on October 16 at the Chester County Historical Society.


Dr. Jim Jones>> Made in West Chester: The History of Industry in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1867 to 1945, by Jim Jones. Chosen because the breadth of research undertaken to document the growth of West Chester’s various industries enhances our understanding of a little known aspect of West Chester’s rich history and makes this book an invaluable resource for future research.








Friends of Everhart Park>> Friends of Everhart Park -- Chosen because this volunteer group, since 1989, has raised money and expended labor both to preserve and to restore the historic architectural and landscape features of Everhart Park, West Chester’s second oldest park, and to help the Borough to incorporate modern conveniences into the park.








511 W Miner>> 511 W. Miner Street House -- Chosen because the rehabilitation of this 1887 T. Roney Williamson designed house superbly accomplished a complete restoration of the exterior while successfully addressing the need for more usable interior space.








38-44 E Market St>> 38-44 E. Market Street (Old Rubenstein’s) -- Chosen because it is an excellent rehabilitation of an important historic commercial building and a good example of what can be accomplished when business interests utilize both Federal tax credits and guidelines for best preservation practices.






152-154 W Gay St>> 152-154 W. Gay Street -- Chosen because its preservation is an excellent example of how historic buildings can be incorporated into and enhance modern development plans, thereby preserving West Chester’s streetscape and historic fabric and thus its historic character.











Hemlock Alley Garage>> Hemlock Alley Garage -- Chosen because it is an excellent example of how the design of a modern building can be based on historical precedent without being slavish to the precedent or dismissive of it.  This garage helps redefine and restore the historic streetscape of Hemlock Alley.









102 Dean St>> 102 Dean Street (Guss Mansion) -- Chosen because of the sustained efforts to repair and maintain significant architectural features of this historic house, culminating in the construction of a compatible new garage.








The purpose of the preservation awards is to raise awareness of West Chester's historic character and to encourage the preservation of its historic integrity. The awards are presented by the West Chester Downtown Foundation, the non-profit arm of the West Chester Business Improvement District. Nominations are for projects and properties located in the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

See West Chester Historic Preservation Awards 2011.

The West Chester Downtown Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the sponsors of the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards

Presenting Serpentine Sponsors:  


   Van Grofski, LP

A. Roy Smith


 Period Architecture Logo

 Friend of the WCDF - Anonymous

 Visual Expansion


Tim Vaughan Photography - Logo

Limestone Sponsors:

  • Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, PC
  • John Milner Associates, Inc.
  • Kathleen A. Wileczek, CPA
  • Mercner-Wood Partnership
  • Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc.
  • West Chester Borough Historical and Architectural Review Board

Brick Sponsors:  

  • Cobblestone Realty
  • Jane E. Dorchester, Architectural Historian
  • Penwick Design
  • Philip Yocum Architect
  • Ray Ott & Associates, Town and Land Planning 




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