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needs of modern families. The back of this house had been burdened with an addition built in an incompatible style. In 2017, that addition was replaced with a garden room designed at a compatible scale and that used materials and architectural details found throughout the main house. As a bonus, the new addition gives direct access to the garden and allows light into the interior of the house. The c. 1870 House (401 West Union Street) won for the superb restoration done by its current owners. Over the past 18 years, using historic photographs of their house, the owners have carefully restored the exterior, including the house’s wooden architectural elements and the cast iron porch supports and decorative elements, along with the exterior of the carriage house. This project is a highly visible showcase of exceptional restoration efforts. MORE WINNERS In addition to the five winners of Bricks and Mortar Awards, two outstanding citizens of West Chester were recognized with individual awards. Kay “Kate” Eby Moore was posthumously presented with a Special Recognition Award for her early advocacy for preserving West Chester’s historic resources. Kay was best known as the creator of West Chester’s highly successful Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, including its award-wining Christmas Parade. The 2018 Preservation Legacy Award went to Thomas M. Walsh in recognition of his efforts to educate the public about West Chester’s history. His work has been critical in establishing community support for preserving the Borough’s historic character, including chairing the predecessor to the Historical and Architectural Review Board.

1870 House, 401 West Union Street

West Chesters Christmas Parade, part of a tradition started by Kay “Kate” Eby Moore

YEAR NINE The 9th Annual Preservation Awards will kickoff when nominations open in April (the deadline is in June). Nomination forms and rules are available at the West Chester BID office or on-line at Winners will be announced in July, with the Awards Ceremony scheduled for October 17, 2019. Please help recognize projects that have enhanced West Chester’s historic character and integrity by submitting a nomination and be part of this important process! ♦


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Thomas M. Walsh, winner of the 2018 Preservation Legacy Award

Photos for this article courtesy: Timlyn Vaughan Photography

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