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Take a Closer Look at Henry Shaub: An Architect Who Helped Build Lancaster’s “Look”

Following our multi-part series on architect C. Emlen Urban, this is the first in a series that will focus on another architect whose talents had a lasting impact on Lancaster County.

Although his portfolio of local work was varied and his list of clients impressive, Henry Y. Shaub’s real fame as an architect was what he was able to accomplish in the classroom. This Lancaster native was acknowledged throughout the eastern United States as the leading authority on school design. He would sit among the students to understand how the physical environment, including natural light, acoustics and special relationships, could affect their ability to learn.

A rising star in his own right, this young architect was often overshadowed, but not intimidated, by his 24-year-older contemporary C. Emlen Urban.  At 25, Shaub struck out on his own and promptly entered and won a nationwide competition to design the highly sought-after Lancaster YWCA commission in 1915.

Little has been written about this noteworthy architect who followed in the footsteps of Urban. He not only continued to reshape the architectural landscape of our community, but also to shape the minds of our children through designing better environments for learning.

This series will focus on the diversified work of architect Shaub including the Lancaster YWCA (c. 1915); Posey Iron Works (c. 1918); Shaub Shoe Store (c. 1929); Manheim Township’s Brecht Elementary School (c. 1929); J.P. McCaskey High School  in School District of Lancaster (c. 1936); and Groff Funeral Home (c. 1950) —  just to name a few.

Shaub’s innovation and bold design ideas earned him an honor that only 3% of all architects achieve: being named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The fellowship distinction is reserved for architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

SHAUB BIOGRAPHY

Born Oct. 13, 1887, Henry Y. Shaub was educated at Bordentown Military Institute and Franklin & Marshall Academy, then received an architectural degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1909.

In 1912, he married Bertha Barron, an orphan who had been raised at the Northern Home for Friendless Children in Philadelphia. They would continue living with his parents, at 246  E. Orange St., for a decade.

Records indicate Shaub registered for both World War I and World War II, but he would never serve in the military due to being described as “crippled from infantile”.

For the full article and photos, subscribers can access the LNP on-line edition of Take a Closer Look at An Architect Who Helped Build Lancaster’s “Look.”

 

SPRING / SUMMER CONFERENCES 2019

Spring is a busy time for conferences at RLPS.  It’s a great opportunity for sharing ideas, learning new things and connecting with our clients and business associates.  Please let us know if you will be attending any of the upcoming conferences so that we can say hello.

THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!

Pennsylvania Association of School Board Officials (PASBO) – Booth 116

KAPPA/DVAPPA Spring MeetingSummer Breeze, Successful Campus Housing Updates presented by Mike Wetzel, Franklin & Marshall College, Brett Calabretta, Warfel Construction and Carson Parr / Booth

LeadingAge Leadership SummitExperience Design for Senior Living presented by Buck Sleeper, EPAM Continuum and Gregg Scott / Kiosk

National School Board Association (NSBA)Media Center Design Challenge:  Hands-on Student Experience Utilizing the 4 C’s

LeadingAge Illinois – The Wave of the Future:  Urban Senior Housing Opportunities by Jeff Heitgerd, CliftonLarsonAllen, Eric McRoberts and Dustin Julius and Make Your Markque:  Holistic Branding Strateiges for Senior Living Communities by Andrea Guarino and John Mulder, 3Seed Marketing and Jessie Santini / Booth

Environments for Aging (EFA) – April 7 – 10; Salt Lake City, Utah / Get Smart:  Smart Home Design Strategies to Improve Quality of Life & Support Aging in Place by Patrick Sampsell, Masonic Villages and Dan Godfrey; Make Your Marque:  Holistic Branding Strategies for Senior Living Communities by Rob Love, Love & Company and Jessie Santini; Community Conversation:  Designing for People Living with Dementia by Michael Smith, Livewell Alliance, Inc. and Dustin Julius and Better Baths and Creative Kitchen Designs by Eric McRoberts and Jessica Jack.

LeadingAge Maine and New Hampshire Conference & Expo – April 10 – 11; Portsmouth, NH – Innovation Exchange – Hybrid Homes – Evolution in Independent Living by Bill James, RiverMead, Eric Endres and Rob Beal

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

 

LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference – May 6 – 9; Myrtle Beach, SC – Housing 2020:  Innovative Design and Financial Models for Independent Living by Mario McKenzie, CliftonLarsonAllen, Craig Kimmel and Brent Stebbins

United Methodist Association (UMA) Annual Meeting – May 8 – 8; Ft. Myers, FL – Fostering an Employee-Centered Workplace by Steve Jeffrey, Garden Spot Communities and Jessie Santini

LeadingAge Virginia – June 5 – 7; Norfolk, VA – Make Your Marque:  Holistic Branding Strategies for Senior Living Communities by Jessica Kraft, Bluespire Senior Marketing and Craig Kimmel / Booth 107

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Meeting on Collaboration – June 19 – 20, Harrisburg, PA – A Second Life for a 50-Year-Old Building by Steve Bobb, Dickinson College, Mike Rader, Barton Education and Carson Parr and Summer Breeze, Successful Campus Housing Updates presented by Jon Enos, Franklin & Marshall College, Brett Calabretta, Warfel Construction and Carson Parr / Booth 7

LeadingAge Pennsylvania Conference – June 19 – 21; Hershey, PA – Bon Appetit:  Experience Design in Senior Living by Thomas Garvin, Waverly Heights, Andrey Teleguz, Scopos Hospitality Group and Chris Linkey and Extending Housing and Services to the Middle Market by Lynn Daly, BB&T, Bev Asper, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Craig Kimmel / RLPS Architects Booth 50 and RLPS Interiors Booth 30

Masonic Communities & Services Association (MCSA) Conference, June 23 – 25; Portland, OR – Booth

LeadingAge Florida Convention and Exposition– July 22 – 23; Orlando Florida – Booth 301

 

 

 

MPRS – Big Living In Small Spaces

The old adage “Bigger is Better” is not necessarily true as it relates to housing for seniors.  Gregg Scott, FAIA, Partner Emeritus at RLPS and Ric Myers, Director of Marketing at Willow Valley Communities assert that the size of an independent living unit, either free-standing or within a larger building, is not the determining factor in its marketability or financial success. Rather, efficient use of space, the quality of the finishes, access to the outdoors and natural light, inviting spaces and amenities and flexibility are now the benchmarks for marketable and financially successful housing for seniors.

Changing the paradigm from the size of the space to thinking about how one lives in the space and what’s important for living comfortably is the focus of their presentation which can be downloaded here:  MPRS 2019-03-22 Living Small to Live Big WEB.

DOWNTOWN LANCASTER WALKING TOUR

Gregg Scott, FAIA, Senior Partner at RLPS Architects will be hosting a private walking tour of Historic Downtown Lancaster. This tour will highlight a diverse mix of commercial and residential buildings reflecting a myriad of architectural styles, all within a few blocks of the city square. Many of the featured buildings are the direct result of the impressive architectural career of Lancaster’s own C. Emlen Urban.  

HANDOUT FOR TOUR:

The following is a pdf file for tour-goers to reference during the tour:  Lancaster Walking Tour – September 2018

 

The Fulton Theatre: A Standing Ovation

C. Emlen Urban Series – Part 14

Like the proverbial cat with nine lives, the current day Fulton Theatre has enjoyed nine or more incarnations over its 166-year history. By this point in our series, it should come as no surprise that C. Emlen Urban was among the notable architects who left their mark on one of our city’s most recognizable landmarks.  Designed in 1852 by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan as the Fulton Hall, the popular Italianate style venue offered the traditional fare of the time including musical entertainment, lectures, church fairs, celebrations, balls, exhibitions, graduation exercises, political meetings and county conventions.

Within only 21 years of its debut, Fulton Hall was ready for a make-over, this time at the hands of one of our country’s most accomplished theatre designers, Philadelphia architect Edwin Forrest Durang.  His interiors represented the best of Victorian high design complete with carpet, upholstered seats, gas sconces and chandeliers.  

On April 25, 1904 the Lancaster New Era announced that the Fulton Opera House had retained 41-year-old Lancaster architect Urban to help propel the Opera House into the 20th century.  In true Urban fashion, he graciously accepted the commission and delivered on the promise.  The news release assured readers that the Fulton will be “one of the best arranged and most beautifully decorated amusement places in the State”

Urban’s plans called for the removal of the entire 1873 interior with the exception of the four walls and the main balcony.  The stage was enlarged, the auditorium expanded, box seats added, an upper gallery was introduced, the ceiling raised, fireproofing added, exit stairs improved and the restrooms were expanded.  Other design interventions by Urban included the introduction of smoking rooms and the grand staircase, a larger lobby space, marble walls, ornate plaster molding and new lighting throughout.

Although there have been other updates since that time, the stunning neo-classical interior that we all enjoy today is essentially the gift and talent of Urban.  As anyone who has ever enjoyed a performance at the Fulton Theatre can attest, he deserves a standing ovation! The full LNP article is on LancasterOnline.com:  Architect’s Work Earns a Standing Ovation at Fulton Theatre.

All photos by Larry Lefever Photography

RLPS Promotes Four Employees

We are excited to announce the promotions of Dan Godfrey, Jodi Kreider, Carson Parr, and Brent Stebbins to Partner. All of these individuals have worked with RLPS for a number of years and are familiar to many of our clients and business associates so we’ve asked each of them a few questions about their career path and personal inspiration.

Dan Godfrey, Jr., AIA, LEED AP

22 years of Experience / 19 Years at RLPS

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Golf and coaching my daughter’s basketball team.

How did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

I became interested in construction while working with my uncle who is a residential contractor. I began my post high school education at Harrisburg Area Community College with the intent of keeping all doors open. Shortly after being employed by an architectural firm I discovered the evening architectural program at Drexel University. My goals and ambition grew as new opportunities became available in the profession.

What was your first part-time job?

I worked in residential construction at an early age with my uncle. My first official part-time job was at Staples Office supply store.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value” – Albert Einstein

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Architecture / Drexel University
  • Associates Degree in Applied Science / Harrisburg Area Community College
  • NCARB Registered architect
  • Member, American Institute of Architects
  • AIA Central Pennsylvania
    • Board Member 2010-2017
    • Past President 2017
  • Architectural and Building Construction Management Advisory Committees, Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Member, United States Green Building Council

 

Jodi Kreider, LEED AP

27 Years of Experience / 15 Years at RLPS

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My favorite pastimes are either curling up with a good book or heading out for a long walk. I also recently joined the Lancaster Rotary Club and volunteer at the Hospice & Community Care annual Labor Day auction and at LCBC Church in Manheim. Prior to becoming a parent, I was also a volunteer reading tutor with the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council. As an avid reader, I felt like it was a logical choice for me. Now a good bit of my spare time is spent shuttling and cheering on my daughters for their various activities.

How did you end up being the lone English major working at an architectural firm?

I started out as a dietetics major in college, but after a couple of semesters of pre-med sciences switched over to English and communications. My second choice career has been a great fit for me since I love to write and thoroughly enjoy coordinating communications for the firm as well as continually researching and learning new things.

What was your first part-time job?

My first part-time job was working in the food service department at Willow Valley Manor in Willow Street, Pennsylvania.  An interesting coincidence is that now RLPS is working with Willow Valley Living at the Manor and other campuses.  It’s great to see how much it has grown and changed since I worked there.

What was your most unique job experience?

My most unique job was working in various capacities on my parents’ dairy farm. For the most part I loved working with the animals and being outdoors, but I was not a fan of the long hours and especially disliked waking up before 4 am!  I think that experience resulted in a strong work ethic, but also an understanding that I was better suited to a desk job.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

 Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English/Communications from Albright College
  • LEED Accredited Professional, United States Green Building Council

 

Carson Parr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

8 Years of Experience / 8 Years at RLPS

How do you spend your spare time?

Playing soccer, golfing, snowboarding, and hiking with my dogs. I love to travel and experience places and cultures.

When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

From Lincoln Logs and Legos to my first toolbox and working in my grandfather’s glass shop, I’ve always liked building things.  At some point, I realized people’s lives were impacted by the spaces they inhabit and that’s why I became an architect—to help improve the quality of people’s lives by creating and defining the spatial experience. Following my internship at RLPS, the sincerity of the people, the quality of the work, and the culture of the firm made me feel at home. I look forward to coming to work every day.

What was your first part-time job?

My first job was a tractor trailer washer. Need I say more?

What was your most unique client quote or job experience?

Every client and project is unique. I cherish them all in their own way – It’s about people and our clients are among the best!

Do you have a favorite quote or is there an architect whose work you admire?

My favorite quote is “Everything happens for a reason.” I have two role models:  my father and grandfather.  Both have inspired me to work hard, be humble and take nothing for granted.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture: Community and Urban Design / Pennsylvania State University
  • NCARB Registered Architect
  • Member, American Institute of Architects
  • 2018 President and Board Member, AIA Central Pennsylvania
  • Member, United States Green Building Council Building Design and Construction

 

Brent Stebbins, AIA

25 Years of Experience / 18 Years at RLPS

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy touring new places, visiting noteworthy architectural sites and also enjoy hiking/walking (mostly), history, time spent with my family, church and exercise.

When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

I probably began considering architecture as a profession in high school drafting class, but my interest in building started much earlier with LEGOS, wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys. As a child I was always imagining and creating. Bouncing between the contrast of life on a farm and progressive suburbia as I grew up also had a very strong influence, leading to my love of nature and outdoor connections.

What was your first part-time job?

I started helping out on a farm from a very early age, but my first “real” job on my own was as a bag boy at Acme Markets.

Are there any unique quotes or job experiences you can share?

A loose quote from Architect Peter Bohlin:  “Architecture is much like people’s faces.  It’s the unique differences, the quirks, that make them interesting, maybe even beautiful.”

Do you have a favorite architect or role model?

I have many favorite architects for varied reasons.  A good architect builds on the shoulders of giants.  You study all the greats and then morph them into your thoughts to develop something uniquely your own.  Frank Lloyd Wright for example, was strongly influenced by H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Japanese Architecture and many others (but he famously only credited Louis Sullivan.)

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honors and Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture with Honors / North Carolina State University
  • Associate Degree in Architectural Technology with Honors / Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • NCARB Registered Architect
  • Member, American Institute of Architects

 

 

DESIGN INTERVENTION: St. James Parish House is an ‘exquisite’ example of its Georgian Revival inspiration

C. Emlen Urban Series – Part 11

Architects typically hit full stride in their early 40s, and C. Emlen Urban was no exception. With his practice in full swing and his reputation for producing high-quality work growing exponentially, Urban was able to be more selective with the commissions he accepted and the architectural styles he designed.

Approximately two years prior to the Stevens Girls High School dedication, the bishop of St. James Episcopal Church offered a blessing for its newly constructed Parish House at 119 N. Duke St. Its architect was none other than Lancaster’s favorite design professional, 41-year-old Urban.

Respecting the adjacent Federal-style church and rectory, Urban selected Georgian Revival style for the 1903 three-story, five-bay brick Parish House. This monumental yet understated structure is one that is easily overlooked by the passer-by. Today, and even in the earliest known photographs of the Parish House, massive shade trees along the narrow sidewalk make it difficult to appreciate and fully enjoy the architecture and detailing. Behind the canopy of branches, however, lies Urban’s largest and most exquisite example of nonresidential Georgian Revival architecture.

The Parish House exhibits textbook Georgian Revival details, including Flemish bond brick, quoins, a water table, two belt courses, keystone window lintels, six-over-six window panes and classic Ionic columns. However, the real magic occurs at two locations on the facade. Directly over the main entrance door is a cast-stone balcony supported by two large decorative consoles and, above that, a stone pediment with the date inscribed in Roman numerals. The second location is Urban’s attention to detailing at the roof cornice; the deep soffit consists of square blocks with pegs, round rosettes, dentil molding and the traditional use of Greek “egg and dart” trim.

The full digital version of the LNP News article can be found on LancasterOnline.

Seniors Housing News Best Independent Living Design 2017: Willow Valley Vistas & Chautauqua Hall

 

“Avoid the diminished standard, you don’t have to give anything up.”

This was the directive from John Swanson CEO of Willow Valley to the RLPS design team.  We were challenged to envision an upscale apartment model and event venue that would reflect the community’s high standards for gracious, vibrant spaces that avoid the limitations of conventional ideas about what is appropriate for older adults.

The five-story apartment building occupies a prime hilltop location allowing for underground parking as well as commanding views toward the city of Lancaster on one side and farmland on the other side.

“The building footplate was defined as part of a planning initiative several years before the actual building design work started,” according to Paul Nikolaus, AIA, project designer.  “Fixed property line setbacks, impervious coverage limitations, site grading and a 60-foot building height requirement provided the framework for the final plan solution which uses the hilltop location to advantage.”

“Despite the 60-foot limitation, generous ceiling heights were accomplished by utilizing a thin floor/ceiling assembly via a steel frame and concrete plank structural system,” states project architect, Rob Beal, AIA.  “This system, along with large, projecting box bay windows, helped to create open and bright living areas that take advantage of panoramic views.”

Generous spaces for gathering and entertaining include a 360 degree rooftop terrace, community meeting rooms, a business center for resident use, library, fitness area, game room, top floor dining room, and a catering kitchen that residents are able to use for private parties.

“We wanted these spaces to be functional for seniors, but not compromise the hospitality-driven design Willow Valley is known for,” Beal says.

The rooftop venue includes casual seating areas, fire tables and bar for a range of casual interactions and events.  The commanding views were also a priority inside the building where the top floor dining terrace focuses on the outdoors.

The name “Chautauqua Hall,” was selected for the event pavilion due to its Native American association with bringing people together. Rustic, agrarian-influenced design details combine with state-of-the-art technology for an appealing indoor/outdoor venue to host a variety of functions.

According to Rebecca Slenker, AIA, project architect for Chautauqua Hall, “The Lancaster County Amish construction details, such as mortise and tenon joinery, required the involvement of local craftsmen to maintain authentic regional construction techniques.  We also wanted to be sure about structural integrity and safety for this type of commercial event space.”

The four season building includes a raised platform, green room and dance floor, small scale commercial equipment kitchen and bar, as well as an outdoor fireplace and grill.  Operable garage doors allow for open air events that can spill out to the exterior patio.

“There are also active louvers in the cupolas for natural ventilation in the summer months,” Slenker adds.

Comments from members of the jury are included in a feature article from Senior Housing News about this award-winner.

 

 

 

Rooster Woodshop Receives AIA Central PA Design Awards

The new 8,700 square foot woodshop at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania has come a long way from the renovated chicken coop which was its original home.  The jury for the AIA Central Pennsylvania Excellence in Design Awards selected The Rooster Woodshop for an Award of Merit.  The AIA membership echoed the jury’s opinion by also selecting the project for the Member’s Choice Award, determined through on-line voting.

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