Southern Market Center in 1888 laid the foundation for Lancaster city’s landmark architect. In 1886, a young and energetic 23-year-old C. Emlen Urban returned to Lancaster city following six years of apprenticeship with two “big city” Pennsylvania architects — one in Scranton and the other in Philadelphia. These mentors helped prepare him for an illustrious career spanning 50 years of service to a vast array of clients and numerous commissions in and around our community.
It was the business connections of his father, Amos, to the Farmer’s Southern Market House Co. that proved instrumental in Urban receiving his first major commission. That, in turn, launched his career at age 25.
The full C. Emlen Urban, Part 1, LNP Article can be access on Lancaster On-Line.