The historic Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania is a treasure to be preserved. Incorporated in 1799, West Chester is home to Chester County's 1840 courthouse, was an 18th-century center of clockmaking, and was home to a major wheelworks and the Sharples cream separator company. From industry landmarks to private residences with historic significance, there are so many reasons to protect and celebrate our past.

Preserving our Past

Preservation Awards

The West Chester Downtown Foundation created this awards program to recognize and honor projects both large and small that help highlight and preserve West Chester’s historic character. By bringing attention to these projects, the WCDF hopes to encourage and engage business owners and residents of West Chester Borough in good preservation practices to strengthen the Borough’s historic fabric.

The Bricks and Mortar Awards 

These may be awarded to recognize construction projects of exceptional quality that have a positive impact on the preservation of West Chester’s historic fabric.

The Preservation Service Awards 

These may be awarded to individuals and organizations in recognition of projects that promote a better understanding of the history of West Chester and the need to preserve the physical evidence of that history.

Mark your calendar!

Tenth Annual Preservation Awards:

October 21,  2021


The 2020 Awards have been post-poned. We invite you to read our statement and save the date for our 2021 event. Thank you!

Each year, we recognize and honor projects both large and small that help highlight and preserve West Chester’s historic character.


The annual awards feature a full-color program with winning project details.



Award Winners

featuring photos by Timlyn Vaughan Photography


Thank you to our 

2019 Sponsors

Serpentine Sponsors:  


In Memory of Kay "Kate" Eby Moore 
Vijay and Susan Aggarwal
Allen and Sarah Burke 
Blue Dog Printing & Design 
Borough of West Chester 
A. Roy Smith
The Jean Gross Team 
Umbreit Wileczek & Associates, PC
R & B Restoration Carpentry 
Timlyn Vaughan Photography 
West Chester Business Improvement District 
Patterhn Ives, LLC

Marble Sponsors:  

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. 
Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning
Arthur Hall Insurance 
Chester County Historical Society 
Zukin Realty, Inc. 
County Lines Magazine / Valley Del Publications 

Limestone Sponsors:  

Brewer Heating & Air Conditioning
Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. - Town Planners & Landscape Architects
Fulton Bank - Brandywine Division
Ray Ott & Associates, Inc. 
John and Barbara Spellman
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 
Robert S. Uhl and Lori L. Uhl

Brick Sponsors:  

Matt Holliday
Borough of West Chester HARB 
Richard and Julie May 
Paper Moon Custom Stationery
Period Architecture, Ltd. 
Visual Expansion Gallery
David Wickard
Phillip Yocum Architect



Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now open!


Download our Nomination Form to prepare your nomination submission:



The West Chester Downtown Foundation (WCDF) hosts its annual Preservation Awards Ceremony in October at the Chester County Historical Society.


$25 per ticket

includes ceremony and reception

Mark your calendar for the 2021 Awards: October 21, 2021


Provide your email to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for the 2021 Preservation Awards: