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York notice bilingual and courteous

The bilingual notice above (transcribed below) illustrates two points. One is that, because the great majority of 18th century York County residents were from the Germanic lands of Europe, official notices were printed in German as well as English, as … 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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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 Old Post Office/Federal Building/Masonic Lodge (part five)

My past several posts have been on the old York Post Office at the corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets in York. Since it is slated for renovation and reuse, I have been posting photos, mostly interior, that I took … Continue reading

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Old York Post Office (Federal Building), part four

Here are more photos from my tour several years ago of wonderful Federal Building at the corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets. It was designed by nationally-known architect Willoughby Edbrooke, at that time Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury Department, … Continue reading

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The old York Post Office, part three

As promised in my last post of photos of the old post office at Philadelphia and Beaver streets, here are some more photos, mostly interior, that I took about five years ago. As I pointed out previously, having the building … Continue reading

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More on York’s old post office

Many of us are excited about the prospect of seeing the wonderful building on the northeast corner of Philadelphia and Beaver Streets restored. As promised in my last post on the old York Post Office, I’m repeating my blog post … Continue reading

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York’s old post office architecturally significant

Recent news reports indicate that the striking 1895 Federal Building, built to house the York Post Office and the local Internal Revenue office, is going to be redeveloped. About five years ago I recapped a detailed history of that building … Continue reading

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York was an important capital, fourth or first

When planning for the recent Unraveling York County’s History: An Evening with the YDR’s History Bloggers event earlier this month, each of the five bloggers (Jim McClure, Scott Mingus, Stephen H. Smith, Joan Concilo and me) was asked to choose … Continue reading

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Losing landmarks made news in 1860s York County

I think of the 1960s as a sad period for York County landmarks. In the city alone the City Market House, an architectural gem by the Dempwolf firm, was torn down, and the imposing Variety Iron Works fountain was removed … Continue reading

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