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1887–1888, John A. Dempwolf. 34 W. Philadelphia St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (© George E. Thomas)

The facade scheme of great towers on either side of a central, window-filled gable is derived from the slightly earlier Carlisle Market (demolished) and was then imitated by Lancaster's Central Market ( LA9), pointing again to the ongoing competition between York and Lancaster. It and an earlier market to the west (1876; 380 W. Market Street) were built in response to legislation that called for the removal of the original markets that abutted the Center Square courthouse. Like James H. Warner's design for Lancaster, Dempwolf adopted the broad proportions and round-headed windows of H. H. Richardson to create a building that still serves its original purpose. The interior takes on the form of a giant L-shaped hall because the architect had to work around existing houses at the Beaver Street corner. With its vast timber-trussed roof, it is one of the great interior spaces in the state. On a summer day, with the market filled with local produce, the effect is indescribable and well worth making the trip.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Central Market", [York, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 359-359.

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