Hotel Yorktowne

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The magnificent Hotel Yorktowne is another gem in York’s architectural portfolio. The Renaissance Revival structure defines York’s skyline. When first built in 1925, the hotel contained 198 rooms. Subsequent additions occurred in 1929, 1933, and 1953. In addition to serving as "the" lodging destination for discriminating visitors—including Presidents—the hotel is a popular host for meetings and receptions. Of note, the Hotel Yorktowne is one of only 150 facilities designated as National Trust Historic Hotels of America.

The Roaring Twenties are alive and well at the towering building, which features an elegant ballroom. The building’s red brick exterior is trimmed with ornamental terra-cotta. Design-wise, this building incorporates many features of the  Renaissance Revival Style, including formal design, rusticated ground level, round arched windows with keystones, and roof balustrade. Another common feature of this architectural style is distinct horizontal divisions, typically separated by a stringcourse and usually from floor-to-floor. However, because of the size of the Yorktowne, some of these divisions span multiple stories. The ground level is distinct. The second and third stories are "one" from the outside—two-story arched windows. The next level contains small windows, offset by courses. The next horizontal division is five stories. A belt course separates this division from the top levels, which are also architecturally distinct.

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