History

Brief History

1787                Georgian style house built by Gottlieb Sehner II.
1801-1813       Residence of Andrew Ellicott.
1803                Ellicott met with Capt. Meriwether Lewis to teach him surveying techniques
to use on upcoming expedition.
1914&1920      House altered for social club (The Otters Lodge).
1962                Urban renewal plans for Queen Street project revealed.  Includes demolition of
house to make room for Prince Street parking garage.
1966                Local citizens form group to oppose demolition.  Becomes the Historic Preservation Trust
of Lancaster County.
1968                House temporarily saved from demolition.
1972                House listed on National Register of Historic Places.
1973                Trust purchases house from Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster
ending a ten-year struggle.
1978                House sold to Louise Steinman von Hess Foundation.
1978-1981       House restored.
1981                House open to public.
1982                House becomes headquarters for Historic Preservation Trust.
1997                House donated to the Trust by Louise Steinman von Hess Foundation.

Today, the Trust helps promote historic preservation as a viable alternative through preservation education, advocacy, and direct action.   Visitors are welcome to tour the house Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.