Schmucker Hall Restoration
Project at a Glance
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award (The Eagle Award is the highest honor bestowed upon only one winner in each category of the National Excellence in Construction Awards Program.)
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award – Cumberland Valley Chapter
- AIA Baltimore - Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
About this Project
Historic preservation of a four-story, masonry and wood framed building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Morgan-Keller updated the building to meet modern accessibility standards; repaired structural deficiencies; and installed modern mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, while maintaining the historical integrity of the building.
Constructed in 1832, Schmucker Hall initially served as a dormitory, administration offices, and classrooms for the oldest Lutheran Seminary in the United States. The first engagement of the Battle of Gettysburg was fought on Seminary Ridge in and around Schmucker Hall, which was commandeered by both armies as a hospital that treated thousands of Civil War casualties and where a few precious artifacts were left behind.
Morgan-Keller transformed the historic building into the state-of-the-art Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, which depicts the moral, civic, and spiritual debates of the Civil War era, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg fought at Seminary Ridge, and the care of the wounded and human suffering that took place within Schmucker Hall during its use as a field hospital.
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