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Oct 19, 201710:00 AMPress Releases

The Millworks Receives a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM
The Millworks Receives a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award

Photography by Paul Vasiliades

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf presented The Millworks with the esteemed 2017 PA Historic Preservation Public Impact Award for its historical preservation and renovation of the Stokes Millworks building. The award recognizes the considerable contribution The Millworks has made to the community revitalization and economic development of the Harrisburg region.


Originally built in 1929, the former Stokes Millworks was rehabilitated by owner and developer Joshua Kesler along with David McIlnay, principal at DMArC. The 24,000 square foot building has been renovated into a locally sourced restaurant, a full service bar, outdoor courtyard, rooftop biergarten, micro-brewery, shop, 3 galleries, and 23 artists studios. Retaining many of the historical features of the building, The Millworks is continually highlighted for its remarkable transformation.


Since opening in Spring of 2015, The Millworks has become a regional destination of arts, culture, and food. As one of the city’s largest new employers, The Millworks currently employs 80 people, houses 35 artists, and has generated over $1.5 million back into the regional farming community. This evolving business characterizes the thriving development and revitalization of Pennsylvania’s capital city.

As a recipient of the award, The Millworks will be listed on the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places.


The Millworks is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm; Friday& Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., serving brunch on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. A lunch menu is available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.


The Millworks Mission: To create a regional destination that showcases Central Pennsylvania's wonderful artistic talents as well as the region's bountiful, sustainable agriculture.