TSA alumnus Scott Paden ’81 Receives the APA Urban Design Award – results in 5 new HSRs including the Old Post Office, DC

David Armentor

Oct 16, 2013

Untitled DocumentQuote from the APA National Awards Jury Chair:
“We received many excellent nominations this year and your nomination stood out as the best
in the category. APA’s National Planning Awards program has been recognizing exceptional
planning efforts for more than 50 years and is considered to be one of the profession’s highest
honors. The selection of your nomination continues our goal of recognizing innovative planning that contributes to creating great communities of lasting value. You should be very proud of your accomplishment as the nominations this year were outstanding.”

American Planning Association’s
National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design

Lancaster Central Market: Assessments, Guidelines, and Recommendations for Preservation and Development
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The “Lancaster Central Market: Assessments, Guidelines, and Recommendations for Preservation and Development” document was created after a comprehensive study of the Lancaster Central Market that connected the importance of architectural preservation, urban development history, and cultural heritage, to present planning and development decisions.The Central Market is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named by APA asone of the Great Public Spaces in America. The study of the Central Market that resulted in the planning guidelines was a regional first, producing a historical-architectural report to guide building renovations, before decisions were made for a capital improvement project. The guidelines document and explain the market's historical, cultural, architectural, and urban design significance. It explains the relevance of architectural and preservation standards in relation to the market's ongoing economic vitality, and also serves as both a permanent public record and educational tool. In addition to analyzing the Central Market's historical attributes, the manual's development and policy guidelines have helped refocus the market's operations toward securing the city's food supply and reaffirming the market's economic connection between the region's agricultural producers and its urban consumers.


Scott Paden describes the award thusly, “This was the singular urban design award given this year by APA, and in fact, as we understand it, this is the first time in their 50+ year history of awards that they are presenting a national award for urban design.”

“The project team included Community Heritage Partners and Professor Linda Aleci of Franklin & Marshall College. Paden de la Fuente, led by partner Gemma de la Fuente who studied at TSA from 1981 to 1983 produced the evaluation, documentation and assessment of the building as well as the treatment recommendations. Our firm also executed the layout and design of the document.”

Paden further concludes that, “The resulting document is helping to set a new standard for Historic Structure Reports. After sharing the document with the General Services Administration’s National Capital Region preservation staff, our new firm, OLBN, was awarded five HSR’s including the President’s Guest House, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the Old Post Office, soon to be a Trump hotel.”


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