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Probably built in 1798, the stone barn at the Best Farm in Frederick, MD, was built with rubble limestone walls. Students from the Bucks County Community Preservation Certificate Program took top honors for their drawings of the barn.

Students from the College of Architecture at Kent State University won second place for their drawings of the Samuel Findley School in Akron, OH.




2008 Student Drawing Awards

The National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) program, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the AIA have announced the 2008 Charles E. Peterson prize winners. Founded in 1933, HABS is currently celebrating its 75-year history, while the Charles E. Peterson prize has just completed its 25th year. The prize is awarded for the best sets of measured drawings by a student or group of students and it honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the HABS program. To date, more than 2,000 students from 68 colleges and universities have completed more than 500 entries to the Charles E. Peterson prize and contributed more than 5,000 sheets of measured drawings to the HABS collection.

The competition presents awards totaling $9,000 to the winning student teams. Drawings must be of a building that has not been recorded by HABS through measured drawings, or an addendum to an existing set of HABS drawings that make a substantial contribution to the understanding of the significance of the building.

The winning entry in 2008 came from students in the Bucks County Community College Preservation Certificate Program, Newtown, PA. Working with instructor Kathryn Auerbach, they submitted drawings of the stone barn at the Best Farm, known as L’Hermitage, at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick County, MD. Records show that the barn was probably built in 1798 with a stone wall laid in a random pattern using rubble flat limestone and a mix of mortars.

The student team included: Diana Barbera-Horwitz, Petrona Charles, M Scott Doyle, Jennifer Eagen, Patricia Fisher-Olsen, R. Stephen Gray, Mirka John, Kevin Keating, Lisa Mroszczyk, Geoffrey Raike, Lexa Rio, Steven Russell, Christopher Smith, Suzanne Stasiulatis, Vickie Stauffer and Maureen Victoria. The first prize is $3,000.

Second place, $2,500, went to students working with Professor Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, at Kent State University College of Architecture for their drawings of the Samuel Findley School in Akron, OH, which was demolished before the drawings were finished. The student team included Lee Aviv, Jeremy Baronner, Carly Butcher, Joe Cantanzariti, Catherine Ceralo, Tim Coerver, Ashley Cramer, Ben Hughes, Joseph Knott, J. Ryan McNutt, Darell Nelson, Marsha Robinson, Jason Senske, Mike Serdinak, Bruce Short and Ashlie Sisinger.

There was a tie for third place ($1,750) between the Historic Preservation Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston, Clemson University. The former, working with instructor Charles Pipal, AIA, completed drawings of the Pullman Greenstone Church in Chicago, IL, while the latter did drawings of Farmer’s & Exchange Bank in Charleston, SC.

The student team in Chicago included Sharon Berner, Christine Bernick, Vicki Birenberg, Kathryn Gallagher, Jennifer Harrmon, Katherine McManus, Mary Ottoson, Amy Porter, Molly Sargent, Emily Spreng, Sherine Sublette and Nivine Tawancy.

The team in Charleston, SC, was comprised of Meagan Baco, Jeremy Bradham, Laura Burghardt, Jessica Golebiowski, Sarah Kollar, Emily Martin, Bridget O’Brien, Matt Pelz, Meg Peters, Sarah Welniak and Chase Williston.

Honorable mention awards were given to four groups: Cory Edwards of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University was cited for his drawings of the XIT Ranch, Channing headquarters in Channing, TX. His instructor was Dr. Elizabeth Louden. Charles Pipal, AIA, led two other honorable-mention groups – students from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for drawings of Library Hall in Urbana, IL, and a team from the Historic Preservation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for drawings of the Chicago Athletic Association.

The Urbana team included Caroline Andrews, Allan Bernhart, Kimberly Gareiss, Katherine Lipes, James Mangrum, Timothy Penich, Joshua Ream, Mark Stoner and Crystal Whiters. The Chicago team was comprised of Weston Davey, Mary Ottoson, Mira Patel, Jennifer Reep, Benjamin Roberts, Molly Sargent, Nicole Seguin, Nicola Spasoff, Emily Spreng and Rebecca Young.

The fourth honorable mention went to students at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, working with David Woodcock, FAIA, for their drawings of the Sharrock-Niblo Farm in Dallas, TX. The team included Nina Chick, Justin Curtsinger, Jeff Daulton, Filipa Godinho, Anne Green, Morgan Harrison, Leslie Leffke, Alexis McKinney and Dana Pertermann.

For information on the competition, contact HABS Peterson Prize Coordinator Mark Schara, AIA, at or call 202 354-2166. For more information on the Charles E. Peterson prize, go to  



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