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Deserving Preserving: Preservation Alliance Announces Award Winners

A mansion, post office, farm house, and stone bridge were among the projects that were recognized by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia as 2011 Preservation Achievement Award winners.

In a news release issued Friday, the Preservation Alliance cited 21 restoration and revitalization projects from around the region, including South Jersey and Delaware. Winners will be honored at the 18th annual Preservation Achievement Awards luncheon on May 17 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.

Preservation Alliance Executive Director Jon Gallery was pleasantly surprised by the amount of nominations the organization received despite the economy's continued impact on real estate development.

"The 2011 awardees, ranging from large multi-million dollar restorations to smaller residential projects, are all excellent examples of historic preservation at work and continue to demonstrate the importance to historic preservation to the eocnomy of the region," says Gallery.

Asampling of the projects include: Baptist Temple (rehabilitation and re-use) at 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia; the Jayne House (restoration) Delancey Place, Philadelphia; Norristown Farm Park (rehabilitation) at 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown; Old Town Hall (conservation) at 512 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE; Warden's House (rehabilitation) at 150 High St., Mount Holly, NJ. The complete list of recognized projects can be found here

Among the individuals and organizations who will be honored at the May dinner is Nick Gianopulos, a founding partner of Old City-based engineering firm Keast & Hood Co. and historic preservation innovator, who will receive the James Biddle Award for lifetime achievement.

JOE PETRUCCI is managing editor of Flying Kite. Send feedback here.

Photos (courtesy of Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia):
Greenwood Cemetery (before) in Northeast Philadelphia
Greenwood Cemetery (after)
Mercy Family Center (before) n North Philadelphia
Mercy Family Center (after)

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