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.

Tickets Now on Sale for the
Annual Preservation Awards:

October 20,  2022

$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 

2021 Sponsors

Serpentine Sponsors:  

Blue Dog Printing and Design
Allen & Sarah Burke
Friends of Freeman House
Friend of West Chester
The Jean Gross Team
A. Roy Smith
Timlyn Vaughan Photography
Borough of West Chester

Marble Sponsors:  

Vijay & Susan Aggarwal

Archer & Buchanan Architecture


Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning
Chester County History Center

County Lines Magazine

Arthur Hall Insurance

R & B Restoration Carpentry

Robert & Lori Uhl

Umbreit Wileczek & Associates

West Chester Business Improvement District

Zukin Realty

Limestone Sponsors:  

Jeffrey C. Beitel

Thomas Comitta Assoc, Inc. Town Planners & Landscape Architects

William Dunleavy, Inc.

Mr. Michael R. Galey, Esq. and Ms. Rachel Kagan

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant


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

Ray Ott

Patterhn Ives 

John & Barbara Spellman

Brick Sponsors:  

22 Dean Street Condominium Association
Jane Chalfant / Kiki Boutique
Jane E. Dorchester, Architectural Historian

Fulton Bank
Matt Holliday
Michael & Susan Hudson
Eric Lorgus
Richard & Julie May
Alan Palmer
Paper Moon Custom Stationery
Bill Scott
Allan H. Steenhusen
Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate

Visual Expansion Gallery

David Wickard
Phillip & Susan Yocum


Become a Sponsor

Dear Friend of West Chester,


The 10th Annual West Chester Preservation Awards Program is happening October 21, 2021! 


We all went through so much last year. That is why we decided not to hold the event in 2020. We hope you have emerged healthy and ready to get back to doing what you love. We love getting together to recognize the efforts that make West Chester great. We are grateful for the support we have received in the past and we hope you will join us 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.


In order to recognize the wide range of activities, 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 are planning to make it a special event this year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We will have hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet from Limoncello with beer and wine. It will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm at the Chester County History Center at 225 N. High Street. We hope you will consider joining us this year and supporting the program by becoming a sponsor. The categories and benefits are outlined in the sponsor form. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear 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. All recommended precautions will be taken to ensure the health and safety of attendees.


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



Allen Burke
2019 Committee Chair


West Chester Preservation Awards Committee

Allen Burke – Chair, James Breen, Jeff Burke, Thomas Dougherty, Cyndi Meadows, Ray Ott, Philip Yocum



Nominations for the 2022 awards will open on 4/10/2022. 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

Tickets on sale now for the 2022 Awards: October 20, 2022