In the former Formprest building: York countians locate things by what used to be there

Linked in/Neat stuff: Spring Grove bridge named after hero/Mystery Springetts farmstead
The new location of Handsome Cab (white building, a wine bar, will be located in the former Formpress building at 104-106 North George Street in York. Pictures before renovation of the building begins July 2, 2014.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
York countians are good at this: When something is opening somewhere, we describe it as being in the former such and such building. Well, a wine bar on North George Street is going into the former Formprest cleaners building (white building above). The Handsome Cab is one of two wine bars opening in that area, examples of boutique-like business opening its doors in that part of town. Like others in the Market/Arts District, it will devote upper-floor space to art galleries and studios. The business is expected to open late this year or next. See a photo gallery of the old building’s interior and this FlipsidePa.com story that explains more. Here’s a former building example:  1 York, Pa. building, 100 years: From Red’s bikes to Redeux market. Also of interest: It’s a fun game: What used to where in York County, Pa.

From the third floor staircase above the future location of the Handsome Cab, a wine bar, that will be located in the former Formpress building at 104-106 North George Street in York. Pictures before renovation of the building begins July 2, 1014.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
York countians also have another saying. They just don’t make them like this anymore. The once-attractive staircase in the old Formprest building no doubt will be spruced up, when it leads to artist lofts and studios.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

Too often, buildings are named for achievers.

Then with the passing of years, their identity is lost. So remember the hero behind the Spc. Cameron Stambaugh Bridge in Spring Grove. The 20-year-old died in combat in Afghanistan in 2012.

Spring Grove’s mayor reinforced his heroism and impact in a dedication ceremony recently:

“Naming a bridge after Spc. Cameron J. Stambaugh seems like a relatively small gesture when compared to the tremendous impact he had on friends, family and his country, said Spring Grove Mayor Delores Aumen,” the York Daily Record reported.

Lincoln Highway farmstead
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Artist Cliff Satterthwaite provide these views of a barn and farmhouse on old Route 30, seen ‘in two directions.’

market1Can you ID the location of this farmstead? If so, please comment by Stephen H. Smith below.

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About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to In the former Formprest building: York countians locate things by what used to be there

  1. Jim … The Cliff Satterthwaite barn drawing is located at 3741 E. Market St. and the adjacent house in the background is located at 3743 E. Market St. in Stony Brook. D. Tyson is the owner of these buildings in 1860, per Shearer’s Map. By 1876, Henry C. Hauser is the owner. Henry C. Hauser acquired 105 acres on the south side of the turnpike in October 1875 and most likely built what is now known as the Ettline House and Barn shortly thereafter, since the Ettline buildings are not on the 1876 Map.

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