John Gallery of Philadelphia to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to Present Mr. Gallery its 2012 John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy

Washington, D.C. –The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy to John Gallery of Philadelphia, the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.  Mr. Gallery is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Washington.

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 for 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.” 

The award presented to John Gallery is named in honor of John H. Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, Secretary of the Navy and U.S. Senator.  Chafee, who died in 1999, was a dedicated champion of preservation and contributed significantly to advancing public policy on preservation issues.

The award will be presented at the National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, November 2.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Donovan Rypkema, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station--Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, Ala.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation: M. Rosalind Sagara, Riverside, Calif.  

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Enid Pinkney, Coral Gables, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Saint Luke’s Manor, Cleveland.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn. 

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy: John Andrew Gallery, Philadelphia.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: The Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago.


30th Street Main Post Office, Philadelphia.

ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio.

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, Chicago.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth, Kan.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island’s Preservation of Duey’s Home, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa.

Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh.

New Orleans U.S. Custom House, New Orleans.

Oswego Iron Furnace, Lake Oswego, Ore. 

Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Mich.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Wash.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo.

Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, Wash.  



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