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The Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church was selected for the 2021 C. Emlen Urban Award for Renovation from the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. The award cited the project as a collaborative project between Hammel Architects and Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc., Construction Services.

According to Funk Construction President Bob Funk, PE, LEED AP, the award is presented to recognize the people and their teams who preserve and adaptively reuse historic architecture.  The Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church was built in 1765.

“The team of this community centerpiece was comprised of the church’s building committee, Hammel Architect, and our own team of crafts people who worked together to renovate the 5,455 sq ft sanctuary and also preserve the historic features of the church,” said Funk.

Funk noted the Sanctuary renovations included opening up the balcony, re-appointing the artistic painting of the ceiling, removing and re-installing the original stained and lead glass windows in new thermally broken frames and creating an accessible chancel.

“We also added an ADA accessible Restroom and a Mother’s Room, adding an additional 207 sq. ft. and yet retaining the solemnity and integrity of the building,” added Funk.

The award, to be presented next spring, was named for C. Emlen Urban, one of Lancaster’s pre-eminent architects. The Lancaster Preservation Trust mission is to educate and advocate for the preservation of significant Lancaster County historic sites and architecture. Each year, the Trust recognizes projects that reflect the mission and individuals who strive to achieve this mission.

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