We have completed our Fall 2014 Newsletter, enjoy!!

September 2014 Newsletter – FINAL



On September 2, 2014, York City Council adopted legislation to increase meetings of the Historical Architectural Review Board from once per month to twice per month.   In an effort to achieve regularly scheduled intervals for its meetings, HARB has changed its meeting dates and times from the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. to the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Meetings are held in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, unless another location and/or time is advertised. For additional information on HARB, please visit the HARB page on the City of York’s website at http://yorkcity.org/historical-architectural-review-board.

For more information, contact Roger Ciuffo, Architectural Historian/HARB Consultant at (717) 843-0320 or email: info@historicyork.org.


2014 Historic York Preservation Awards


2012 Winner for Outstanding Domestic Project. The house is located at 326 East Market Street and is owned by Joe Jefcoat and Peter Boles.

Historic York is pleased to announce that the nominations for the 2014 Historic Preservation Awards will open starting Friday, August 1, 2014 and will continue until 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 26, 2014. Applications can be obtained from Historic York in person, by e-mail or using the link below.

The awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The doors will open at 5:00 with the awards ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. This year we are proud to announce that the awards will be held at the historic PA & S Small Warehouse, home of our hosts, LSC Design, Inc. located at 320 N George Street. All are invited to attend. If you have any questions or comments in the mean time please don’t hesitate to contact Roger Ciuffo at info@historicyork.org or by phone at (717) 843-0320

2014 Historic Preservation Awards Nomination Form




Preservation of Historic Homes in York — Who Cares?

Mike Johnson, past president of Historic York, Inc., authored a piece for the York Daily Record / Sunday News:

Whether you’re a native Yorker or new to the area, you’d probably agree that York has lots of old buildings – including downtown bars and restaurants, office and apartment buildings and homes. But so what? We generally measure economic progress by the number of new homes built, new office buildings, new shopping centers … “new” equals “good.”

So, why care about old – or historic – homes? Let me tell you why I care and see if you agree.

Since 2005, I’ve worked with a couple of partners to restore three large historic homes and have just started on a fourth (see http://www.900southgeorge.com for one of the completed restoration projects). All were built in the late 1800’s – one for the founder of the Peterman Shoe Company (now the Maewyn’s Pub on North George); one for York’s most famous architect (John Dempwolf) and one for the man whose son became president of York Bank & Trust (now M&T).

All three homes had fallen on hard times before restoration – a vacant dentist’s office, a condemned rest home and a dilapidated college student party house. After lots of sanding, scraping, caulking, repairing and painting – all three are once again well-maintained family residences and have helped to stabilize their historic neighborhoods.

A lot of people have asked me why I get involved in these projects. It’s not because I love sanding walls, filling holes in rotted wood or peeling hideous wallpaper. So why do I do it? To me, new isn’t always best. While I applaud, believe in and support the growth and new development in downtown York, I believe that both the old and the new are critical parts of what can make York special.

So, why do I think that old can also equal good?

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241 E. King Street, York City


Built in 1896, the church was designed by Harry E. Yessler

This architecturally significant icon is being threatened by a deteriorated roof structure but otherwise is structurally sound.  This beautiful building has been a long standing icon in the community.  Please join Historic York by voicing your opinion about the importance of this iconic architectural gem because



Historic York, Inc. identifies, preserves, and protects buildings, structures and sites of historical and architectural significance in York County, Pennsylvania.

Historic York, Inc. serves as a community voice for the protection of historic buildings and sites.

We advocate historic preservation, provide community education, and assist local individuals, organizations & public officials with preservation related activities.

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