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York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel? Unimaginable.

The Yorktowne Hotel has anchored East Market Street since 1925. But a sheriff’s sale looms casting concern about its future. Also of interest: World War II-era air raid siren discovered atop Yorktowne Hotel and What did Tiny Tim and Richard Nixon have in common?
and Yorktowne Hotel offers a variety of memories

Yorktowne Hotel owners are behind on loan payments – have defaulted, in fact – meaning the landmark downtown York building is set to go to sheriff’s sale in early 2011.
So, the tall building’s future is in doubt.
After scrolling through photos of the Yorktowne in the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ archives, I couldn’t imagine where all the groups that meet there meet without the Yorktowne.
Indeed, York without the Yorktowne is just unimaginable. In fact, there could be no greater loss to the downtown.
Which leads us to list some basic facts about the building, according to the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News:

Is the Yorktowne Hotel York, Pa.’s, highest building. Check out: ‘Skyscrapers’ have shaped York’s skyline since 1850.
Fast facts:
• On the National Register of Historic Places
• Built in 1925
• 11 stories tall
• 121 rooms, including 27 suites
• Room rates range from $95 to $189 per night (2007 rates)
• Amenities include:
valet parking
fitness center
guest laundry room
meeting rooms
business center
• 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space
• Houses the Commonwealth Room, the only restaurant in York County to carry AAA’s prestigious four-diamond rating
• Home to the OffCenter Grill, an upscale but casual restaurant
• Address: 48 E. Market St.
• Web site: www. yorktowne.com
Famous Yorktowne guests:
• Hank Aaron
• Lucille Ball
• Count Basie
• Harry Belafonte
• Tony Bennett
• Pat Boone
• Victor Borge
• Boyz II Men
• Barbara Bush
• George H.W. Bush
• Cab Calloway
• Bill Clinton
• Hillary Clinton
• Jimmy Dorsey
• Tommy Dorsey
• Al Gore
• Bob Hope
• B.B. King
• Ozzie Nelson
• Harriet Nelson
• Ricky Nelson
• Bob Newhart
• Richard Nixon
• Eleanor Roosevelt
• Willard Scott
• Frank Sinatra
• Tiny Tim
• Lana Turner
• Butch Wynegar
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