The Holtzman Award is presented each year to the Authorities, Boards & Commissions (ABC) Dinner to an individual or organization that provides a quality design project to the State College Borough community. The project must substantially enhance, promote or maintain the aesthetic appearance of the Borough.
2018 Award Recipient
Harpers was awarded the 2018 recognition for their recent renovations to their new downtown location. This has been a welcomed addition to the aesthetics of Downtown State College. The 2018 recognition was presented by Council Member Dan Murphy to Brian Cohen, owner. Since Harpers opened its doors in 1926, they have provided the State College and Penn State communities with traditional and fashionable clothes with extraordinary customer service.
2017 Award Recipient
UpStreet Architects, Inc. received the 2017 award for their 1311 South Atherton Street project where they developed aesthetically pleasing affordable housing project that enhances the South Atherton Street corridor by blending commercial use with housing.
2016 Award Recipient
Nicholas and Carolyn Kello received the 2016 Ingrid P. Holtzman Award. The owners of the property were heavily involved in the design of the house and landscaping. The Design Review Board selected this property for the quality of its design and its enhancement of a Borough neighborhood.
List of Previous Award Recipients
|2015||Richard and Sally Kalin||The gift of Downtown Eugene Brown, a sculpture of a man standing, waiting for a bus, listening to music on headphones while reading on a tablet computer, to Schlow Centre Region Library and the Centre Area Transportation Authority.
|2014||Phil Hawk||Renovation of the Nittany Lion Shrine including stonework with rock from local quarries and creating a naturalist environment for the sculpture.|
|2013||David A. Levy & Associates||Outstanding architectural design for Urban Outfitters, the former M & T Bank site on East College Avenue. The design engages the street and addresses a prominent corner on College Avenue. The interior of the building is welcoming to passersby and the reuse of an existing structure embraces concepts of sustainability.|
|2012||Ralph and Marcia Heimer
||Outstanding building design and community cohesion of Jeramar Plaza, located at 226 South Allen Street|
|2011||Community Arts Collective||Dreams Take Flight mural|
|2010||Arboretum at Penn State||Addressing the need for a garden open to the public|
|2009||Ralph and Rob Pileggi||Outstanding building design at 700 West College Avenue
|2008||State Theatre and Mike Negra||Remodeling and preserving the historic theatre|
|2007||Schlow Centre Region Library||Outstanding design of the library|
|2006||Graham Curtis||Excellent signs|
|2005||Graham Spanier and PSU||Campus aesthetic improvements|
|2004||Fred Fernsler||Design sensitivity and receptiveness|
|2003||Michael Pilato||Downtown murals|
|2002||Joe Banks||Enhancing the Borough through gardens|
|2001||Cathy and Andy Zangrilli||Many years of dedicated service in improving the Borough's appearance|
|2000||Joel Malnick and Sara Twilbil||The first recipients of the "Ingrid" received the award for the outstanding reconditioning of two historic homes in the 300 block of South Burrowes Street.|
In an effort for staff to understand the award, a set of guidelines were developed in 2011 for the Design Review Board to use when considering the award candidate. This list was based on information from previous award recipients.
The following guidelines were presented to the Board to assist them in determining nominees and recipients of the annual Holtzman Award: