2016 Trumbauer Award Winners

November 9, 2016

New Residential Architecture over 5,000 Square Feet Agincourt by John Milner Architects

“Agincourt” is a new Tudor-style home on Philadelphia’s Main Line inspired by the client’s appreciation for English country houses in the Arts and Crafts and Tudor-Revival styles. The stone and half-timber house was constructed with masonry resembling the historic “Wissahickon schist” native to the area, a Vermont black slate roof with cross-gable parapets, and ornamental copper leader boxes and downspouts. Historic light fixtures were salvaged, as well as Entry and Mudroom doors repurposed from a nearby Tudor-Revival home.

Other exterior structures include two three-car garages, a garden loggia across the Great Lawn, a pergola overlook and ornamental wood gateways.


Interior Design:  KingsHaven Homes
Contractor:  Pohlig Builders
Structural Engineer:  Thornton Tomasetti
Civil Engineer:  Chester Valley Engineers

Photography by:   Joshua McHugh

New Residential Architecture under 5,000 Square Feet
by John Milner Architects

The design for “Kinsley”, a new residence on a 150-acre property in Maryland, was inspired by the early 18th century architecture of Williamsburg while responding to the particular opportunities of the site and perceptions of the clients. The interior spaces accommodate the formal fenestration of the facades and incorporate traditional 18th century design elements, yet are contemporary in their support of an informal lifestyle.

A water-front property, the view from three facades is of gardens with the water beyond. The exterior walls are constructed of hand-molded red brick laid with glazed headers set in a Flemish bond pattern, and the steeply-pitched roof is clad in heavy cedar shakes. 


Contractor:  Jay Heim
Interior Design:  Barbara Gisel Design
Structural Engineer:  Structural Design Associates
Civil Engineer:  Lane Engineering

Photography by:   Don Pearse Photographers

Renovation/Sympathetic Addition
by Peter Zimmerman Architects

Buttonwood, a Tudor house built in 1907, was the client’s childhood home. He and his wife wished to renovate the house to realize its full potential and give it the architectural detail it should have had originally. The design program was to reorganize existing spaces and design new ones that created open, airy living and efficient circulation.

Some of the renovations include the removal of the existing kitchen, back stair, mudroom and garage in order to create a vaulted ceiling family room, kitchen, family dining, entrance, and new 3 car garage with apartment above. The existing swimming pool was removed to allow space for the creation of a garden pavilion.


Project Architect:  Rick Pinkerton
Construction:  Bob Griffiths Construction
Interior Design:  Meadowbank Designs
Landscape Architect:  Hess Landscape Architects
Intern Architect: Mike Kolb

Photography by:   Tom Crane Photography

Interior Design – Residential
by Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd

This iconic 38,00 square foot house is still occupied by the family for whom it was built and has never been renovated or refurnished in its illustrious 100 year history. Restoration of the interiors involved master planning for architectural renovation, furnishing restoration and paintings conservation.

After extensive research utilizing such documents as the perfectly executed petit point renderings stitched by the original owner, every space of this house was restored by refurbishing original furnishings and lights, and the use of period textiles and carpets. The final product reflects the owner’s desire for this well-loved house to be “the beautiful old lady that she is.”


Architect:  Kass + Associates
Contractor:  QED
Landscape Architect:  Hess Landscape Architects
Wall Covering & Painting:  Bill Peterson Wall Upholstering
Furniture Restoration:  Kirk Restoration
Light Fixture & Metalwork Restoration:  Harvey M. Stern & Co.

Photography by:   Tom Crane Photography

Interior Design – Commercial/Institutional
Private Women’s Club
by Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd

This project aimed to reconcile the once graceful interiors of one of the country’s oldest private clubs for women with the sophistication of the Club’s persona. An exhaustive program was undertaken to redefine their mission and audience while developing an environment that would clearly convey this character.

The scope of the project was comprehensive and the technical challenges complex. Several areas required reconfiguration in order to allow for more logical, visual flow as well as enable multi-functional use. The project also included a program for the restoration and conservation of antiques, art and decorative arts.


Architect:  Foster-Willson Company
Contractor:  Hanson General Contracting
Decorative Painting:  Pine Street Studios
Electrician:  J. Sullivan Electrical Contracting
HVAC:   Sebastian & Sons
Wallpaper Conservation:  Susan Duhl Art Conservation

Photography by:   Tom Crane & Jeffrey Totaro

Philadelphia LDS Temple
FFKR Architects & Perkins + Will

The design of this LDS temple highly detailed in the Neo-classical revival style of American Georgian architecture is based on meticulous research and conforms to neighboring historic districts. The late Georgian style was chosen as inspiration for the interiors, since early 19th century American and LDS church history overlapped.

Classical architectural orders emphasize the patron’s progression through the temple, with Doric detailing at the entry and the Corinthian order reserved for the most reverent spaces. The park-like plaza is an integral part of the temple experience and offers a place for contemplation within the activity of the city.


Project Manager:  LDS Church
Interior Design:  Perkins + Will
Architectural Interiors:   Scott Thompson

Photography by:   FFKR Architects & Intellectual Reserve

Landscape Architecture & Design
Nemours Mansion & Gardens Restoration
Robinson Anderson Summers Landscape Architects

Nemours Mansion & Gardens is the 225 acre historic estate of Alfred I. du Pont near Wilmington, Delaware, constructed in 1909. The gardens, largely designed by Carrère & Hastings in collaboration with Mr. du Pont, are among the best-preserved examples of the Beaux-Arts movement in American landscape architecture.

Robinson Anderson Summers, Inc. prepared complete restoration drawings and specifications for the gardens, proposing the reuse of historic materials, construction details and plant species where feasible. Substitutes that reflect the spirit of the original were proposed elsewhere. Decorative details were restored and over 100,000 plants were installed in the first phase of restoration. Work began in 2006 and was completed in 2009.


Principal Architect/Project Manager:  John Milner Architects
Structural Engineer:  Gredell & Associates
Mechanical Engineer:  Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
Civil Engineer:  Vandemark & Lynch
Conservator:  Materials Conservation Co.

Photography by:   Robinson Anderson Summers & Nemours Foundation

Landscape Architecture & Design
Veterans Grove Monuments
RLPS Architects

In 1910, a design competition was held for a Masonic Home. Whereas Horace Trumbauer entered the competition, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania ultimately selected the design of Zantzinger, Borie & Medary which planted a grid of 268 oak trees upon a crest as a living representation of Masons who died serving our country during World War I.

With the turn of the 21st century, the Masonic Village wished to update and enhance the Veterans Grove to encourage reflection of wars past and hope for future peace and freedom. An accessible granite walkway was constructed to lead visitors to a restored temple monument, the Eternal Flame monument.


Owner:   Masonic Village
Project Manager:  Houck Construction
Masonry Services:  North Carolina Granite
Memorial Flame:   Gasman Services & Consulting
Bronze Casting:  Flury Foundry & Paul W. Zimmerman Foundries
Excavation:  Ebersole Excavating
Utilities:   James Craft & Son
Electrician:  John E. Fullerton

Photography by:   RLPS Architects & Larry Lefever 

Architectural Arts/Craftsmanship
Newtown Square Residence
Foster Reeve & Associates

The design team and owner decided to use plaster trims and natural plaster finishes wherever possible. The precedent for the interlocking rinceaux pattern on the office ceiling is a 17th century English residence. The interlocking double guillouche pattern on the library ceiling and trim look to a Scottish castle precent. The entry and hall ceilings received an octagon and square tracery with egg and dart enrichment.

The panel centers in the living and dining rooms are flower and vegetable arrangements from the landscape architecture plantings and local agriculture.

Student Project
America’s Most Historic Square Mile
by Christopher Whelan

Independence Mall, a site once affectionately named “America’s Most Historic Square Mile”, has sought urban and architectural clarity since its creation in the middle of the twentieth century. Whelan posed the question: how can one restore the urban quality of the Independence Mall neighborhood?

His master plan proposal re-establishes the dense urban fabric that once characterized the area, and provides urban spaces with individual content. Appropriately scaled buildings of varied economic purpose are introduced. A new museum is proposed to house the current National Constitution Center’s collection, as a means of addressing the NCC’s inappropriate scale.

Student Project in Urbanism & Planning Honorable Mention
Waterfront Philadelphia
Sylvestor Bartos Jr.

This proposal reconnects Philadelphia to the Delaware River through the dramatic elimination of Interstate 95 and the introduction of a boulevard system. The boulevard system would promote the growth of walkable neighborhoods while connecting public spaces.

The proposal’s clearing of part of I-95 would allow for the installation of a new street system and the extension of the city grid towards the riverfront. The plan would be developed in neighborhood units, with each neighborhood possessing its own distinct center ranging in character.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our many generous sponsors for the Inaugural Trumbauer Awards, held on November 9, 2016.

PLATINUM: Debra and David Magerman

GOLD: The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia; Dyad Communications; North American Window & Door; Marvin Windows & Doors

SILVER: C. Raymond Davis & Sons; Felber Ornamental; Peter Zimmerman Architects; Tague Lumber; Uncommon Events

BRONZE: Lepage Millwork; Lundy, Beldecos & Milby; Pinemar; Maggpie Rentals

PATRON: Coventry Kitchens; Diversified Lighting Associates; E. Allen Reeves; Mole Street; Spire Builders; Tom Crane Photography

LEADER: ACI-TECH; Active Interest Media; Architectural Building Components; Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Cherokee Construction; Dan Lepore & Sons; David Dougan Cabinet Maker; Eberlein Design Consultants; G. Dennis O’Brien; Griffiths Construction; James & Carol Beers; Joseph Mannero & Sons; Kieffer’s Appliances; Lighting by Design; Marble Crafters; McLoughlin Plumbing, Heating & Cooling; Norman Carpet One; Pinnacle Floors; Rittenhouse Builders; Robert Allen Fabrics; The Sherwin-Williams Company

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors: The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia; Dyad Communications; Felber Ornamental; Uncommon Events; Maggpie Rentals; Tom Crane Photography; Active Interest Media; The Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Mole Street

See photos from the 2016 Trumbauer Awards Ceremony