(MAP) 20 Maple Avenue, Hershey, PA
*** 2012 Preservation Award Winner ***
The Annual Preservation Award Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Annual Preservation Awards and their respective award categories:
No finer example of the purest principles of preservation can be identified on any neighborhood streetscape in the Township Blueprints for this house were completed in 1930 by Paul Witmer, and it was built in 1931 for the Aungst family. Now known as the Phillippy home, the house and property remain true to the original design and presentation, even extending to the rose bed edging as planted by the Aungst family.
Current homeowners, Dennis and Ellen "Betsy" (Aungst) Phillippy, have deliberately maintained the original footprint of a home that has remained in the same family for multiple generations. When built as the sample home for Maple Avenue, 20 Maple was called a "Birth Control Home," intentionally designed with a limited number of bedrooms in order to limit family, sire.
This home is an archetype of a much different era in Hershey and adheres to the design principle that bigger is not always better!
Grandeur may not be a factor in evaluating the merits of preservation, but the Rung family, homeowners of this stunning property, deserve accolades for the arduous task of maintaining this property of grand-scale. Maintenance of natural materials in an aging infrastructure, without bowing to common trends of modem updates is a feat rarely seen in so pleasing a presentation.