C. Emlen Urban Architectural Tour in the City of Lancaster

Saturday, October 15, 2022
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

- Overview -

Old photo of Watt & Shand Department Store in Lancaster PA

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County is proud to host an architectural walking tour in the City of Lancaster featuring the beautiful historic buildings designed by the incredible architect, C. Emlen Urban. The 45-minute tour will include many beautiful Urban sites in downtown Lancaster; each one more architecturally interesting than the one before. Tours will depart every hour starting at 9:00 am from the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess house (home of the Trust) located at 123 N. Prince Street. The last tour will depart at 5:00 pm. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online but we will also be selling any available tickets on the day of the event. Each tour will accommodate 20 people.

We are also excited to be partnering with local renowned architect and C. Emlen Urban expert, Gregory J. Scott, FAIA who will be guiding three separate 2-hour walking tours in downtown Lancaster. The three different tours will include:

  • Chestnut Hill tour (9-11am)
  • Center City tour (12-2 pm)
  • Church & Mansion tour (3-5 pm).

Each one of these specially guided tours can only accommodate 24 participants, so reserve your spot right away!

Every tour participant will receive a beautiful keepsake tour book that features the beautiful architecture of C. Emlen Urban.

- Location -

Sehner-Ellicott-von-Hess House - headquarters of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Start & Check-In

Check-in/tour departure location: 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA

(There is a parking garage located right next door as well as metered street parking.)

Time

The HPT 45-minute guided walking tours depart every hour starting at 9:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm. Each tour accommodates 20 people.

The Gregory Scott 2-Hour Walking Tours depart at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm. Each tour accommodates 22 people.

HPT 45-Minute Walking Tour Tickets

(Members $25, Non-Members $35, Children $5)

Gregory Scott, FAIA 2-Hour Walking Tours

(Members $50, Non-Members $60, Children $10)

Once considered the address of Lancaster’s finest families, the tour will highlight a diverse mix of architectural styles, their architects, and the stories behind them. Many of the featured buildings are the designs of Lancaster’s own C. Emlen Urban; apprentice to Willis G. Hale.

The tour will highlight a diverse mix of commercial, civic and residential buildings reflecting a myriad of architectural styles, all within a few blocks of the city square. Many of the featured buildings are the designs of Lancaster’s own C. Emlen Urban; apprentice to Willis G. Hale.

Once considered the Holy City, the tour will highlight a diverse mix of architectural church and residential styles, their architects, and the stories behind them. Many of the featured buildings are the designs of Lancaster’s own C. Emlen Urban and James H Warner.