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Picturing History Archives

‘Picturing History,’ captures the old York City Market, then and now. The Princess & Duke Street covered markethouse was the grandest of them all – even more than the still-standing Central Market. But it came down, as did many architecturally significant York, Pa., buildings in the demolition boom of the 1960 and 1970s. Many wonderful buildings coming down in those days made way for parking lots or gas stations. The sprawling City Market provided space for both.

This description came with this week’s ‘Picturing History,’ a then-and-now series that provides a neat slider that allows you to see the photo, well, before and after. The intersection of North George Street and Parkway Boulevard in York is shown in this photo from Sept. 13, 1914. The back of the photo reads, ‘Old house of Benjamin Myers who was married to a “Smyser” No Geo St at P.H. Cemetery.’ That’s then. Now, this is where Parkway dumps traffic into George.

Picturing York shows a familiar landmark, a before-and-after photograph of the National Guard Armory on North George Street in York, Pa. Check individual photos plus a special slider that lets you explore the old armory, then and now: National Guard. Notice the flood control work that has been done to the bank of the Codorus Creek in these two scenes.

‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’

Picturing York, a series of photographs combining the old and the new with a special technological flare, chose York, Pa.’s, Central Market as its first topic. It’s a good choice. The market is an icon of York and a central player in the burgeoning arts district.