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Trumbauer Awards

Period Architecture accepted two design awards at the 2022 Trumbauer Awards presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Accepting the awards on behalf of the firm was Principal, Joseph Mackin, on Thursday, November 3rd at the Union League of Philadelphia. The firm was awarded the top honors in New Residential Architecture Over 5,000 Square Feet for Hilltop Residence and New Residential Architecture Under 5,000 Square Feet for Chimney Hill Residence.

“It is an immense honor to be recognized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for one home, let alone two,” stated Joseph Mackin. “The Trumbauer Awards are one of the highest distinctions for traditional design in our region and we are humbled by these commendations.”

Hilltop Residence in Greenville, Delaware, evokes the expression of an eighteenth-century Pennsylvania farmhouse that has developed over time. “When we asked the homeowners their design goals for this home, they simply requested a home primed for a visit from George Washington himself,” Principal Jeffrey Dolan explained. Traditional details are found throughout the exterior and interior spaces with special care in designing period millwork and the incorporation of reclaimed materials. The judges remarked, “This design showed restraint. Sometimes it’s not what we put in, but what we leave out which makes for an award-winning design.”

Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, Chimney Hill Residence sits atop a hill next to a well-traveled road leading to the historic borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania. “With such a prominent location, we were given the unique opportunity to create two frontages for this home,” says Mackin. The Dutch-Colonial style features one formal frontage with an “original,” center hall, five-bay mass, and one informal family frontage with a private courtyard and gardens. “It is the detailing and the massing that gives this period house it’s character,” the judges noted.

The Biennial Trumbauer Awards honor exemplary design that preserves and advances the classical tradition. Named for internationally renowned architect, and Philadelphia native, Horace Trumbauer, these awards recognize contemporary projects that express the breadth and inclusiveness present in his work. This year’s awards were open to the members from the Philadelphia, Ohio & Lake Erie chapters of the ICAA with submissions from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland.