The year is 1896. C. Emlen Urban is 33 years old and celebrating his tenth year of private practice. His architectural commissions to date have been as varied as his business acquaintances. Architectural styles embodied in his work have included Queen Anne, Shingle, East Lake, Chateauesque and Romanesque Revival. Noteworthy business acquaintances have included chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, hotelier Charles Wagner, tobacconist Menno M. Fry and, now, mercantilist Peter T. Watt partner of James Shand.
Within one year of completing twin Chateauesque mansions on West Chestnut Street in 1895, Urban was commissioned to design an even more impressive baronial Chateauesque mansion at the corner of President and Marietta Avenues for the Watt family. The full LNP Artical can be found at Lancaster On-line: Urban’s 1896 Work Builds Some of Lancaster’s Still-Treasured Landmarks.