Apr 24, 2011

In York, preservationists fear a new wave of destruction of historic buildings

(YDR) When York's City Market was erected in 1878, Baltimore shipbuilders had to be brought into town to hoist its massive trusses into position.
Architects lauded the building's innovative design -- a mix of Victorian and Gothic created by noted York architect J.A. Dempwolf -- and it was featured in American Architect and Building News shortly before its opening.
The building's vaulted interior was said to resemble a cathedral, but the size was even grander. With two additions that would later be added, City Market measured 50,000 square-feet, dwarfing Central Market's 35,000.
Today, all that remains on its Duke and Princess street site is a parking lot. Continued

Photos: Billmeyer House, 225 East Market Street, York, York, PA. Significance: An excellent example of an elaborate Italianate townhouse. Also significant as the home of Charles Billmeyer, railroad car magnate. (Library of Congress).