158-160 East King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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The Geten Building is an excellent example of early twentieth century architecture, dating from approximately 1915 and constructed in the Beaux Arts style with French renaissance ornamentation, the project offered the opportunity to be adapted to contemporary needs. The building is an early example of the use of white terra-cotta ceramic tile facing and the symmetry of the façade shows the influence of the Beaux Arts style while the large windows herald the introduction of modern steel construction. While stripped of much of its original grandeur, the Geten Building managed to survive as an appliance repair store from the 1960’s to the start of the project. The restoration of this historic structure strengthens the social value of the community as a contributing resource to the Lancaster City Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The completed project provides approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space and the rear portion of the site was developed to provide a new high visibility entry to the building from the rear alley and existing parking area. The scope of work included extensive renovation of all floors to provide new professional office spaces, as well as restoration of the existing original tin ceilings contributing to the historic quality of the interior throughout. A new glass enclosed rear elevator, lobby and stair tower were also installed within the existing building to provide accessibility to each level.

Exterior restoration of the historic materials and character defining features included cleaning, repointing and replacement of broken terra-cotta tiles, installation of new wood windows, and redesign and reconstruction of the new aluminum and cast stone storefront. All renovation work was executed under the guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, providing for an efficient, contemporary use of an historic structure. The renovation contributes to the walkability and revitalization of Lancaster’s downtown urban district.

Project Awards

Restoration/Adaptive Re-Use C. Emlem Urban Award by The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County