Adaptive reuse in York County, Pa., of an above ground/underground musical kind

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stewartstown’s new caboose/Jeeps return home in World War II

signLet’s just call it a form of adaptive reuse, reshaping an old site with a different purpose from its original use. Here we have the Sign of the Wagon in York, Pa.’s East End, a house concert venue. An art gallery welcomes guests on this wonderful 154 E. Philadelphia St. house’s first floor, space that doubles as a concert hall. It’s one of a growing number of underground music venues around the region. A FlipSidePa.com story summed up the this type of music scene: ‘Underground music in 2015 requires you to find it, rather than finding artists through the radio or Pandora.’ Keeping with this wagon theme, the unrelated Wagon Shed in New Freedom is listed as another such venue.  ‘The Wagon Shed is an old post and beam, real wagon shed … located in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, USA. The concert room is on the second floor and has all exposed wood posts, beams and sidewalls,’ its website states. So here in New Freedom is another example of adaptive reuse, a big step toward preserving the quality of life in our towns. Interesting underground venues and cottage businesses begging discovery are popping up in places all around York County. Another musical venue of interest: Glen Rock’s Ruins Hall: What was on that site that became ruins?

 

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

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As in Red Lion: New caboose arrives in Stewartstown

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Red Lion move an old caboose to town recently to exhibit at it Ma & Pa Railroad station recently. And now comes one to Stewartstown, for the Stewartstown Railroad. The railroad landed this 1967 Union Pacific Steel Class CA-9 Caboose from WACO Products Inc. in the Baltimore area.

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Up on high in Manchester Township: The YDR’s Jason Plotkin is … .

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Got this photo of a cell phone technician last week as the crew uses a pulley to bring up material to the top of the…

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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The Jeep: Returning home
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York countian Elizabeth Stein emailed this photo: Jeeps going through York, postmarked April 1946. Jeeps played a key part in the war just passed. Interestingly, early prototypes for the utility vehicle came from York, Pa., so these units are, in effect, returning home.
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History Mystery: More of York, Pa.’s varied architecture

History Mystery: Ah, #YorkPa’s significant and varied architecture captured from an unlikely spot – atop a parking deck….

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Saturday, August 15, 2015

 

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