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York’s Weaver Organ and Piano Company 1870-1959

Who knows how many thousands of sturdy musical instruments emanated out of the growing complex of buildings that stood imposingly for 136 years at the intersection of Broad and Philadelphia streets in York? The York County History Center Library/Archives has … Continue reading

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More on York’s Weaver Organ and Piano Company factory complex

  As promised in a recent post, here are more graphics showing the remarkable growth of the Weaver Organ and Piano Company factory in just 22 years. The 1882 building, designed by the Dempwolf firm of architects was of fair … Continue reading

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Dempwolf architects designed first Weaver Piano and Organ Company building

When I was very young, I used to amuse myself with my grandparents’ parlor organ, very probably made by the Weaver Organ and Piano Company. As a teenager I took piano lessons, as my daughter did later, on a York … Continue reading

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Preservation Pennsylvania and Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society working together to save Mifflin House

The campaign to save the historic Mifflin House, the extremely significant site in Hellam Township at the edge of Wrightsville, is moving on, but help is needed from the public. To bring you up to date, in August 2017 Hellam … Continue reading

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How did York’s 1898 courthouse escape the wrecking ball?

  Last month I did a blog post about the impressive turn of the century York County courthouse and its narrow escape from the 1950s mentality of tear it down and build something new. The nicely restored building now serves … Continue reading

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York church building to restaurant, with a few stops along the way

A Facebook friend asked about the history of Victor’s Italian Restaurant on Ogontz Street, knowing that the building was a former church. I looked through the York County History Center files and City Directories as well as online sources. Several … Continue reading

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Still another York square building was threatened in the 1950s

                  Downtown York could look much different, and not in a good way, if 1950s and 1960s demolition plans had been carried through. In a previous post I wrote about the proposal … Continue reading

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The York County courthouse demolition that never happened (thankfully)

                  The third York County courthouse, now the York County Administrative Center, with its beautiful domes reminiscent of Florence’s Duomo, came close to joining other York County landmarks razed in the 1950s … Continue reading

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York’s Colonial Hotel building still stately after nearly 125 years

For over a month I have been putting together a slide show on York’s square in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York in 1741. The information on the square at the York County History Center … Continue reading

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Some York buildings that didn’t bite the dust

We lament, and rightly so, the loss of impressive York buildings, such as City Market and York Collegiate Institute. Still, it could have been worse. Here is an example of one urban renewal project that thankfully didn’t happen. While looking … Continue reading

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