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York City Market Lives on in Photos

Image from 1879 York City Market stock certificate
My most recent post was on the impressive York City Market house on South Duke street. The site took up a full quarter of a city block, bounded also by Princess street and Hope (then Baptist) and Howard alleys (now avenues). It opened in 1879 and was torn down in 1963.

Photo c.1895 and early 1900s postcard showing east wing addition
There are quite a few photos of both the exterior and interior of the market house in the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Some of them were taken by the late photographer, Paul Galbreath, who lived a few blocks away. Others came from the Gazette and Daily, the old Sunday News or are uncredited. I am sharing some of these photos in my next couple of posts, starting with exteriors.

Storefronts added c.1910 in photos taken shortly before 1963 closing, Duke and Princess on left and Duke and Howard on right.
A drawing of the market house exterior was published in the American Architect & Building News of September 18, 1878 with the following caption.

This market, now building, is of common red brick laid in black mortar, with bands and sill courses of light drab-colored Amherst stone. The roofs are covered with peach Bottom slate, variegated with red and green bands. A market-master’s office and a directors’ room have been arranged in the first and second stories of the tower. The two side gables are constructed with a view to be extended at some future period. The interior of the brick wall will be painted, and the roof, which is framed of Georgia pine, is to be oiled, with chamfers in Indian red. Cost, including fixtures, $22,000.

Rear view from Hope Avenue, c.1960