JULY DESIGN INTERVENTION: C. Emlen Urban Part 4

Posted on July 19, 2017

This is the fourth in an 18-part series highlighting the work of Lancaster's preeminent 19th- and 20th-century architect, Cassius Emlen Urban.

As the 19th century was waning, C. Emlen Urban’s architectural career was waxing.

In 1898, at the age of 35, Urban was commissioned to design what many of his admirers consider to be his high-water mark — the Watt & Shand building. If not his crowning achievement, it is certainly the most recognizable and prestigious public building in downtown Lancaster.

After Urban successfully completed the personal residence for mercantilist Peter T. Watt in 1896, Watt and his business partner, James Shand, challenged the young Urban to further elevate their position in the retail community and bring the department store into the 20th century.

The full digital version of the LNP article is available:  Architect Designs the Heart of Lancaster City's Penn Square.