Memorial Hall Garners Preservation Award

The Please Touch Museum has been given a National Trust for Historic Preservation Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. The project was one of 23 honored at the National Preservation Conference in Nashville.

The enormous Beaux-Arts souvenir from the 1876 Centennial Exposition re-opened a year ago as the museum's new home. Its restoration was part of a larger $88 million effort by the museum that also included expenses for an unrealized move to Penn's Landing.

Along with Please Touch, project manager Northstar Advisors was honored as a co-recipient of the award. The architect was Kise, Straw and Kolodner, and general contractor was a joint venture of Daniel J. Keating Company, Bittenbender Construction, and McCrae Construction.