Romanesque Revival

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Based upon medieval buildings, Romanesque Revival was most frequently used in ecclesiastical and institutional buildings. The period lasted from 1840 to 1900, and buildings in this style feature massive masonry construction, rough stone trim, dark colors, round headed arches, and low towers topped with pyramidal roofs. Wall surfaces are often smooth, and wheel-shaped windows are common. When this style is used in church design, often one tower is taller than the other. Trinity UCC on West Market Street is a church built in this style. Other fine examples include the Central Market House and former York Post Office, both located on West Philadelphia Street, as well as the Rupp Building on Continental Square and the beautiful Fire Museum of York County.

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