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Preserving our Past

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.

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.

Tickets Now on Sale for the
Annual Preservation Awards:

October 19,  2023

$25 per ticket  |  includes ceremony and reception


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.

Thank you to our 

2022 Sponsors

Serpentine Sponsors:  

Vijay & Susan Aggarwal
Kit Anstey Real Estate Team
Blue Dog Printing and Design
Allen & Sarah Burke
Culbertson Restoration Ltd.
Friend of West Chester

Gawthrop Greenwood, P.C.
Jean Gross
A Roy Smith
Deb Sparre, RE/MAX Direct
Timlyn Vaughan Photography
Borough of West Chester

Marble Sponsors:  

Archer & Buchanan Architecture
Arthur Hall Insurance

Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning
Chester County Community Foundation
Chester County History Center
County Lines Magazine
Hazley Builders
Patterhn Ives
R & B Restoration Carpentry
Robert & Lori Uhl
Umbreit Wileczek & Associates
West Chester Business Improvement District

Limestone Sponsors:  

Thomas Comitta Assoc, Inc. Town Planners & Landscape Architects

William Dunleavy

Mr. Michael Galey, Esq. & Ms. Rachel Kagan

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant


Jeffrey P. Burke, Esquire of MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

Ray Ott

Paper Moon Custom Stationery

John & Barbara Spellman

Brick Sponsors:  

Jane E. Dorchester, Architectural Historian

Matt Holliday

Eric Lorgus

LumberCon LLC

Monroe Coldren & Sons Antiques
O'Rourke & Sons, Inc.

Alan B. Palmer
Pine Street Carpenters

Bill Scott
Allan H. Steenhusen

Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate
Visual Expansion Gallery

West Chester University

David Wickard
Phillip & Susan Yocum


Become a Sponsor

Dear Friend of West Chester,

The West Chester Downtown Foundation's 12th Annual West Chester Preservation Awards Event is happening on
October 19, 2023!

We love getting together to recognize the efforts that help make West Chester great. We are grateful for the past support and we hope you will join us this year and become a sponsor.

The mission of the Awards Program is to recognize those projects and individuals who have worked to maintain the
historic character and preserve the historic integrity of the Borough of West Chester. Awards are given in three categories:

  • Bricks and Mortar for construction projects

  • Preservation Service for educational and advocacy projects

  • Preservation Legacy Award for long-term or far-reaching contributions to the preservation of West Chester.

We will have hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet from Limoncello with beer and wine. It will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm at the Chester County History Center at 225 N. High. Please consider supporting the program by becoming a sponsor. The categories and benefits are outlined on the sponsorship form. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the winners announced and to socialize with local decision makers, members of the West Chester business and preservation communities, and residents of the Borough of West Chester.

WCDF event profits go to support many of West Chester's most vital charitable institutions. Our 2023 grants will be
announced during the evening event.

We would be grateful for your support of this valuable community preservation program.


Allen Burke

2023 Committee Chair

West Chester Preservation Awards Committee:

Jonathan Bowdler, James Breen, Allen Burke, Jeff Burke, Cara Corridoni, Thomas Dougherty, Chris Hazley, Cyndi Meadows, Ray Ott, Philip Yocum



Sponsorships are now available for the 2023 Awards. Download our Sponsorship Form below:



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

Tickets on sale now for the 2023 Awards: October 19, 2023


Nominations for the 2023 Awards are now open!



Download our Nomination Form to prepare your submission:

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