Two local men receive an award for preserving a historic building

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Renovations to Erie’s oldest building have turned heads in Erie and now that attention is going statewide.  

On Thursday, local architects Jeff Kidder and Chip Wachter are headed to Harrisburg.  There, they will receive an award from Preservation Pennsylvania for their work in saving the historic Dickson Tavern.  

Built in 1815 by John Dickson, the building had fallen into disrepair before the partners bought the tavern from the city.  Today, the two men run their business out of the tavern, which they say saves more than just one building.  

“In saving these historic buildings we’re also preserving the memory of what makes a city unique and special, these are things, these buildings are given to us by prior generations and it’s our responsibility to be good stewards for them,” says Wachter.

In its history, the building has been a tavern, a museum, a family’s home and now, office space.  It was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1990.

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