Continental Square — Southeast Quadrant

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Two buildings constitute the southeast quadrant of Continental Square, the Futer Brothers Building and the Weiser Building. Built in the 1850s by John Hartman, the Futer Brothers Building was originally six stories tall.

Next door is the Weiser Building, also known to locals as the Golden Swan Tavern. It is one of the oldest buildings in York City and was constructed in 1807 by Benjamin Hersh. Yes, it was a tavern at one time! Its architectural style is Federal (also known as Adam), characterized by its simple style when compared with its Georgian predecessor. While the Federal Style typically features low pitched roofs, York’s designers preferred steeply pitched gable roofs. During the American Revolution, the building that stood on this site was used as a depository for rifles and flints.

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