The Preservation Alliance’s annual Architectural Dinner takes us to the recently redeveloped power plant formerly known as the Delaware Generating Station, now reborn as “The Battery.” Located next to Penn Treaty Park on the Fishtown waterfront, the extensive property is being reimagined and transformed by Lubert-Adler and the Cescaphe Group as a waterfront destination with residences, workspaces, boutique short-term stays, and sweeping event spaces.

Tom Caramanico will be honored as the recipient of the 2023 Mary Werner DeNadai Award – presented to a civic leader who has made a lasting impact in historic preservation.

Tom Caramanico is the volunteer executive director of Independence Historical Trust, a man who has raised millions of dollars for the preservation of Independence Historical Park in the past few years and who, most notably, raised over thirty million dollars for the restoration of the First Bank of the United States. Tom served as president of McCormick Taylor Inc. from 1998 through 2013. Outside of his career, his life has been dedicated to igniting change in the world through his philanthropy.

Enjoy an elegant evening that includes a seated dinner, open bar, live music, and more!

  • 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 to 7:15 P.M.  Award Presentation
  • 7:15 to 8:00 P.M.  Seated dinner served in the Switch House
  • 8:00 to 8:30 P.M.  Dessert and Coffee


  • $275 Cornerstone Members
  • $325 Members
  • $375 Non-Members

Please enjoy this tribute video to Tom Caramanico

Thank you to our generous sponsors

(as of 7/6/2023}

Mary Werner DeNadai Sponsors

Independence Historical Trust

McCormick Taylor

Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust

“The Battery” Sponsors

Ann and David Brownlee

C. Caramanico & Sons

Drexel University

Fastrack Construction

Firstrust Bank

John Milner Architects


O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers

Preservationist Sponsors

Cloud Gehshan Design

Dan Bosin Associates


Eberlein Design


Freire Schools

Global Philadelphia Association

Kate and Julian Jiggins

Janet Klein

Eugene and Deborah Lefevre

Pella Windows

Philly Office Retail

Powers & Company

Jon and Karen Sirlin

Southwood Properties


Howard and Shirley Trauger


Susan and Harrison Wetherill

All proceeds from this fundraising event support the work and mission of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Contact Susan Matyas for more information.

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