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Fountain Square

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1763; later alterations. Broadway and Carlisle St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

The markets were removed from the square in 1872 and replaced by a central fountain in a landscaped circle. In 1904, the fountain was relocated to a city park and replaced by a bronze statue of a mounted Civil War soldier, known as the “Picket,” commemorating the battle of Hanover that was part of the Gettysburg campaign. With the reconfiguration of the square to better handle traffic, the statue was moved to the north corner in the vicinity of a handsome cast-iron-fronted commercial building. Images of the town square from before World War II show a rich mixture of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early-twentieth-century buildings that gave coherence to the space. The present mixture of large-scale modern claddings and low commercial buildings is visually incoherent.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Fountain Square", [Hanover, 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, 360-360.

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