Federal

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The Federal Period began in the late 1700s and lasted until the 1860s in York. Federal style is characterized by a rejection of the ornamentation and detailing of Georgian architecture. While in general most Federal buildings have a low-pitched roof, York designers preferred a steeply pitched gable roof. Other characteristics of the Federal Period include fanlights over doors, straight lines, dormers, delicate design, thin moldings, and elongated pilasters and columns. Some local example of this style is the Golden Swan Tavern. While the Victorian Period was in full swing in York, some Federal Row Houses were still being built, as evidenced by several structure on the 100 block of East Market Street. Characteristics of these row houses include three stories, fanlights and sidelights around doorways, dormers, and either plain or dentilled cornice.

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