Monday, January 25, 2010

A is for architecture.

I love reading everyone's Alphabet entries, and Sonya (Stringplay) invited me to join in the fun. So, my ABC along is going to be about Lancaster, PA. It's funny, but most people probably think A is for Amish when they hear the words Lancaster, PA. Me, I always think of the beautiful and always interesting architecture all over town. Starting with the mundane, I give you the Guggenheim-ish Prince Street Parking Garage. (Photo by Matt Lester) When my children were very young, they loved riding around and around as we exited the parking lot....these days, I really enjoy seeing the structure all lit up in various colors at night.
To walk down West Chestnut Street is like strolling through architectural heaven.
As beautiful as these homes are, they are only a small part of the architectural diversity that exists in Lancaster.
It's taken me a very long time to write this post, mainly because this topic is so important to me. There is beauty even in failure, such as the Prince Street garage, which takes up almost a full block where once stood numerous historic jewels. Maybe I started this post with that garage, because its construction was an impetus for the Preservation movement in Lancaster. But that's the letter P. Stay tuned :)


  1. Looking forward to more of the Lancaster tour!

  2. Jeannie, count me in, too, as another that is really looking forward to visiting your town all year. What a treat! Maybe ONE day (years from now) I can visit in person. In the meantime I can be studying up each month.

  3. I loved the start of your tour! Isn't this a great way to understand what you really think of and see in your own surroundings? You even get to appreciate 'failures' in architecture, because you see them in a different way.

  4. Awesome! I absolutely LOVE Lancaster but I usually don't get to make it to the downtown areas when I go with my in-laws. We mostly stick to the amish country areas.

  5. This has got to be one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen! I've been to Lancaster at least 4 times, and I'm trying to figure out how I never saw this building?