John Andrew Gallery

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Award Type: John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy

Being an effective preservation advocate takes patience, courage, and determination. John Andrew Gallery, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, epitomizes these characteristics. Gallery started his career with Philadelphia’s planning commission before going on to create the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development and later serving as an advisor for the city’s historical commission. Since becoming the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia in 2002, Gallery has been a leading voice for historic preservation in Philadelphia.

His proactive advocacy has led to number of recent successes, including local designation of the historic public interior spaces of the Family Court Building on Logan Square, legislation that protects the historic character of Market Street, and the completion of a recent citywide survey of historic religious properties. Dedicated to reclaiming Philadelphia’s neighborhoods for the people who live there, Gallery harnesses the power of grassroots efforts to effect change.  Under his leadership, the Alliance has devoted resources to broadening neighborhood involvement in preservation by empowering citizens to make decisions for their community.

“For nearly 50 years, John Gallery has been shaping and preserving the architectural landscape of Philadelphia,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “His ability to motivate others, to build coalitions and provide the leadership to get things done has left an indelible imprint on Philadelphia. Although John is retiring this year, his legendary efforts on behalf of the city will be felt for decades to come.”