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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.


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

Save the Date for the
Annual Preservation Awards:

October 17,  2024


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

Thank you to our 

2023 Sponsors

Serpentine Sponsors:  

Susan & Vijay Aggarwal
Kit Anstey Real Estate Team
Blue Dog Printing and Design
Sarah and Allen Burke

The Jean Gross Team

E. Kahn Development
A Roy Smith
Deb Sparre, RE/MAX Direct
Umbreit Wileczek & Associates, PC
Timlyn Vaughan Photography
Borough of West Chester
Zukin Realty

Marble Sponsors:

Archer & Buchanan Architecture
Arthur Hall Insurance

Bernardon, A Division of Core States Group

Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning

Chester County Community Foundation
Chester County History Center
County Lines Magazine
Hazley Builders

R & B Restoration Company

Limestone Sponsors:

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

Thomas Comitta Assoc, Inc. Town Planners & Landscape Architects

Culbertson Restoration

Fulton Bank
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
Krug Architects

Ray Ott
Patterhn Ives
John and Barbara Spellman

Brick Sponsors:

Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in memory of Stan Zukin

Jane E. Dorchester, Architectural Historian

Eric Lorgus

Monroe Coldren & Son Antiques & Restoration
David & Katie Schalleur
Allan H. Steenhusen
Visual Expansion Gallery

Michael A. Wallacavage, Realtor with James A Cochrane Inc.

West Chester University

David Wickard
Melissa & Joshua Willson

Phillip & Susan Yocum


Become a Sponsor

Dear Friend of West Chester,

The West Chester Downtown Foundation's 13th Annual West Chester Preservation Awards Event is happening on
October 17, 2024!

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

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 architectural 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 17, 2024 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.

Downtown West Chester event net proceeds go to support many of West Chester's most vital charitable institutions. Our 2024 grants will be announced during the evening event.

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


Allen Burke

2024 Committee Chair

West Chester Preservation Awards Committee:

Jonathan Bowdler, James Breen, Allen Burke, Jeff Burke, Cara Corridoni, Chris Hazley, Joseph Martino, Ray Ott, Philip Yocum



Sponsorships are now available for the 2024 Awards. Download our Sponsorship Form below:

2024 Sponsor Form


Nominations for the 2024 Awards open April 10, 2024!



Download our Nomination Form to prepare your submission:

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