Williamson College of the Trades won a prestigious Patronage/Stewardship award for maintaining the historical integrity of the school’s Frank Furness designed buildings, at the 2nd annual Trumbauer Awards ceremony at the Union League of Philadelphia recently.
The award was presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Philadelphia Chapter, a nonprofit organization that advances the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and allied arts.
Additionally, ICAA chose Williamson for this award because it teaches its students the skills, craftsmanship, and attention to detail that lead to the restoration of classical architecture.
The Trumbauer Awards recognize the work of individuals and firms that preserve and advance classical tradition in the region and are named for Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938), internationally renowned, Philadelphia architect, and celebrate contemporary classical projects that express the breadth and inclusiveness celebrated in Trumbauer’s work.
Frank Furness, one of the most highly acclaimed architects of the late 19th century, was commissioned by founder Isaiah Williamson to design the school’s buildings and plan for the campus’ lay out. Today, the college boasts the largest collection of Furness buildings in the country.
Since the school opened in 1891, Furness buildings have remained prominent in the daily life of the campus and integral to the curriculum. Rowan Hall and many of the dorms reflect key aspects of Furness’ architectural fixtures — sloped, stone window sills, distinguishable brickwork, extensive stonework, and intricate ironwork.
Williamson was previously named a Pennsylvania historical site by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Heritage Commission of Delaware County recognized Williamson for its upkeep of these buildings and the impact they have made on the region.