Continental Square — Southwest Quadrant

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Other than the towering Yorktowne Hotel and next door York County Courthouse on East Market Street, the two buildings that constitute the southwest quadrant of Continental Square are the most defining of York’s skyline. While these two buildings have their own identities, they complement one another so well that at first glance they appear to be a single structure. On the George Street side of the quadrant stands the Colonial Hotel Building. Built in 1891, it was designed in the French Chateau Style. Unfortunately, the original mansard roof and conical turret roof were destroyed in a 1947 fire. When it opened, the Colonial Hotel housed 186 rooms, with a dining room on the top floor.

The Rupp Building next door nicely complements its neighbor. Designed in the Romanesque Revival Style, the pyramidal roof, double arched windows, and golden brick characterize this building. The building was constructed in 1892, and was originally for mercantile trade. It also sits on the site of the former Globe Inn, a hotel that played host to such notable guests as Marquis de Lafayette.

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