York County Courthouse - York Historic District - York, PA
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N 39° 57.764 W 076° 43.598
18S E 352531 N 4425048
Quick Description: Beautiful, late 19th century courthouse looms over the old Lincoln Highway, and tells time too!
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/30/2010 7:35:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM9KMP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

Within the huge pediment of this big stone block, grand structure is the town clock, at least it is for this part of the historic district. That is but one of the charms of the courthouse. In front is a neat a little black lion fountain, then as you ascend the stairs, you will notice a dozen or so war memorials in the form of long plaques, with lots of writing, attached to the bottom of every column support. The WW II marker had five parts alone to it. To the rear, near the entrances are also some other memorials attached to the front facade. This building itself was constructed as a Civil War memorial, or so says the first plaque as you walk up the stone stair. Also, there were plaques for every war from the Civil War to the present.

Besides the pediment, there are other Greek influences as well such as the six (6) twenty foot high columns, dentils under the pediment, and elaborate column supports. If you have an eye for such things, there is some frieze work to be had as well. I did note a cornerstone for 1957 and the inventory list marks 1957 as when expansion was done, but the court house was erected at the end of the 19th century, so, don't be fooled by the disparity.

This court house is at 28 E. Market St., however the courthouse when googled lists it across the street, at the next road at 45 North George Street. I could not for the life of me reconcile this fact until I realized that this was the old courthouse which has been turned into the York Administrative Building, and, the new court house is located at the George Street address.

The York Historic District Nomination and Inventory form is unique in that there are no narratives for the contributing structures, only abbreviations for basic information in various columns next to each individual listing. The form has all the contributing structures in a list, alphabetized by street name. Therefore, all descriptions will be done by waymarker observation or other internet resources. The nomination form was sent to me via electronic mail in PDF form by Christine H. Messing from the NR/NHL Archives (Christine_H_Messing@contractor.nps.gov). To read portions of the original nomination document without narratives go HERE. I did manage to learn from the brief mention of this site the court house is an example of Classic Revival architecture, has three floors, composed of brick and was constructed in 1898.

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): York Historic District

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

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Address:
York County Administrative Building 28 E. Market St., York, PA, 17401


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