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A sampling of the most beautiful architecture York County, Pa., has to offer

The Kings Mill Depot, a former paper storage warehouse, is now a business incubator. And the York College-owned building on what was most recent Smurfit-Stone site has won an adaptive use award from Historic York Inc. The building also houses campus maintenance services. Also of interest: Book describes Philip King’s house on King’s Mill site and New York College book provides insight into school, community and Researcher leaves detailed files on more than 300 York and Adams mills and Historic York releases list of most endangered sites.

Good news that York College has renovated the old storage depot on the King’s Mill site on Codorus Creek, south of the York.
The re-use of the building, deploying historically appropriate materials in keeping with its historical status, earned an award from Historic York.
That’s good news.
But what about the 200-year-old house on the site?
A York College official said the college might “repurpose” other buildings on the site, particularly the Philip King mansion across from the depot.
That is good news that the college is contracting with architects rather than bulldozer operators.
Historic York also recently released a list of 10 historically significant properties that exemplify some of the beautiful architecture York County has to offer.
The list follows:

York’s Old Post Office: Built in 1895 at the corner of West Philadelphia and North Beaver streets, the red brick and brownstone building is an example of the Romanesque Revival style.
The York Post Office: The stone Classical Revival Post Office at 200 S. George St. was built in 1912 as a memorial to the Continental Congress. The U.S. Postal Service plans to close it once the building can be sold.
Weaver Organ and Piano Company: The four-story brick Late Victorian industrial complex at the intersection of North Broad, East Philadelphia and Walnut streets in York was owned by musician and teacher J.O. Weaver and manufactured high-quality spinet pianos and organs.
— Hoke Farm: The stone Georgian farmhouse on the traffic circle in Spring Grove was an 18th-century tavern before it was dubbed the Hoke Farm after the family who owned the property from 1904 to 1966. The house was used as the Spring Grove Free Library until 1992.
Trinity United Methodist Church: The elaborately detailed Gothic Revival sanctuary at 241 E. King St., York, was designed by noted York architect Harry E. Yessler and constructed by Gilbert & Company. The church was dedicated in 1897.
— York Telephone & Telegraph Company: The Art Deco building at 31 S. Beaver St., York, was designed by renowned local architect Reinhardt Dempwolf and built in 1929. Art Deco was a cutting-edge and uncommon style for York.
York County Jail: The six-story brick and stone jail at 319 Chestnut St., York, was built in 1906 when an earlier facility was razed. The Italian Renaissance-style building was designed by local architect B.F. Willis.
— Anderson’s Mill: Now known as Garvine Mill, it sits on Bald Eagle Creek in Fawn Township about a mile northeast of Fawn Grove. The raised-stone foundation is part of the original 1780s mill, while the upper frame portion was rebuilt around 1877 after a fire.
York-Hoover Body: Established in 1880 by George W. Hoover as a buggy and carriage factory, this company moved to an industrial complex at Elm and Wheatfield streets in 1902. The company began building auto and truck bodies in 1924.
— Hotel Hubley: Later known as the Boulevard Apartments, this Romanesque Revival building in the 600 block of East Philadelphia Street, York, features a three-story tower with a conical slate roof.
(For the full York Daily Record/Sunday News story and slide show of these often stately buildings, see: York College lauded for Kings Mill Depot renovation.)

Also of interest, again

Book describes Philip King’s house on King’s Mill site and New York College book provides insight into school, community and Researcher leaves detailed files on more than 300 York and Adams mills.
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