The scenes behind York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank/Citizens Bank building

Cliff Maier, left,  and Tim Hirneisen, of Rudy Collective, document the dimensions of the stained glass windows of York colonial history, currently hung of the north addition of the the former Citizens Bank complex. A redevelopment of the former Citizens Bank building on Continental Square in York Monday July 27, 2015. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

The stained-art panels by noted York artist J. Horace Rudy hang in the old First National Bank building, aka Citizens National Bank. Developer Derek Dilks, who is acquiring the Continental Square building, opened the 1920s structure for a recent tour. Here, Cliff Maier, left, and Tim Hirneisen, of Rudy Collective, record the sizes of Rudy stained glass windows the former Citizens Bank complex. You saw the vestiges of the banks that operated there for about 90 years: Behind the scenes at York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank building. Let change some word order and  just call the tour below of 7 Rudy-made stained glass pictures: The scenes behind York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank/Citizens Bank building. Also of interest:  J. Horace Rudy’s art found in places outside borders of his adopted York County, Pa.

Developer Derek Dilks told the York Daily Record at a recent tour that the Rudy art would stay with the proposed eatery/apartments if that fits the final design or, if not, they would be donated to the York County Heritage Trust.

At any rate, they’d be accessible to the public.

Enjoy the tour:

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Stained glass windows depicting colonial history in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News
That’s the Colonial Court House shown, in York’s Centre Square. That square today is now known as Continental Square where the old Citizens Bank building stands. For a quick rundown on Revolutionary War events happening in York in 1777-78, check out: Events in 1777 helped tip Revolution toward patriots.

Stained glass windows depicting colonial history in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

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Stained glass windows depicting colonial history in York.Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News
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Stained glass windows depicting colonial history in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News
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Stained glass windows depicting colonial history in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

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A signature by J. Horace Rudy with a date of 1924 can be seen on some of the panels. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

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It is speculated that the York colonial history stained glass windows were once installed in the original director's room of the main bank building. This painting also done by Rudy is permanently York hung over the fireplace.  Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News
The Rudy painting hangs in the old director’s room in the main bank building. More about this painting. The Rudy paintings in the old First National building show the imprint of the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Articles of Confederation on the community in the 1920s. Rudy curated a exhibition of outdoor paintings in conjunction with that big event in 1927, and his own artwork was part of that exhibition. Then, too, the building went up that decade – on the spot where the U.S. treasury department met when Continental Congress visited York in 1777-78.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

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