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James Biddle Award

Every year the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents the Preservation Achievement Awards to individuals, organizations, businesses and projects from throughout the region that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. The Awards include Grand Jury Awards to specific projects and Special Recognition Awards to individuals and organizations whose extraordinary accomplishments in preservation contribute to the region’s unique character and sense of place.

The Alliance has presented more than 200 Grand Jury Awards and almost 100 Special Recognition Awards in the 20 year history of the Awards program. The most significant of the Special Recognition awards is the James Biddle Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in historic preservation. Named after past Alliance President Jimmy Biddle (1929-2005), who also served as President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recipients include Barbara and Henry Jordan, Henry Magaziner, Penelope Hartshorne Batchelor, Roger Moss, Richard Moe, retired Alliance Executive Director John Gallery, Lyle L. Rosenberger, and Janet S. Klein.

The 2017 recipient of the James Biddle Award is the University of Pennsylvania Professor of Architecture, Frank G. Matero. See Professor Matero's introduction by Professor Emeritus David G. DeLong.

 

*The "showdown" between Nicholas Biddle and Andrew Jackson was recently featured on NPR's Planet Money: The Economy Explained with host Jacob Goldstein. The segment is based in part on an interview with author Cordelia Frances Biddle, great-great-great granddaughter of Nicholas Biddle, who is currently working on his biography.

 

*"The Rise and Fall of a Financial Titan"  Philadelphia Inquirer article January 8, 2017. Learn about Nicholas Biddle as the 19th century's answer to Alexander Hamilton. 

 

* Read about students visiting from the Fairmount Water Works summer program 

* Read author Beth Kephart's article about Andalusia

* University of Pennsylvania student, Shuang Wu's Master's thesis in Historic Preservation can be found here. Shuang's topic was an "Analysis of Historic Paints on Woodwork at Andalusia Mansion--Understanding the Period of Benjamin Latrobe and Thomas Walter;" her adviser was Penn professor Catherine Myers