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Lancaster

About Lancaster

59,360 in city
507,766 in metro
19 km² (7 mi²)
110.364318848 m
Lancaster is the county seat and commercial center for Lancaster County, one of the nation's richest agricultural regions. It is also an important manufacturing center. The nation's largest inland city after the Revolution, it was the terminus of the Lancaster Turnpike, the nation's first macadamized road built in 1794 connecting to Philadelphia. It is the home of the Conestoga wagon, the Pennsylvania rifle, and F.W. Woolworth's first store in 1879. What downtown lacks in terms of tall buildings is more than made up for in quality, with an ensemble of buildings dating back to pre-Revolutionary times. Older residents recall the entertainment district on North Queen Street, inclusing landmarks such as the Hotel Brunswick, demolished in the late 1960s to make way for the bland Lancaster Square. Renewal since then has emphasized renovation and contextual modernism. Today, downtown is full of vitality both on workdays and weekends.

Metro Cities

Columbia, Lancaster, Lititz, Manheim

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
62 All Buildings
49
existing
1
under construction
4
unbuilt
8
demolished

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Griest Building 192 ft 1925
2 Lancaster House North 120 ft 1978
3 Lancaster House South 112 ft 1979
4 Lancaster General Hospital 112 ft -
5 Church Street Towers 102 ft 1968