HENRY Y. SHAUB SERIES, PART XI
For architects, it all starts with houses and it usually ends with houses
In 1929, the concept of a skyscraper in Lancaster was an idea people were still just getting used to. The city's first skyscraper, the Griest Building, was completed just four years earlier.
One of two concepts Shaub presented to Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Groff Sr., funeral home owners, was an entirely different look for a funeral home and featured a style foreign to the city of Lancaster — Midcentury Modern.
World exposition styles trickled down to local architecture in unexpected ways.
There remains an unwritten rule in the world of architects: Never work for family.
A century of use later, and the imposing city building remains largely unchanged on its exterior.
You’re unlikely to find a butler in many Lancaster County homes these days. But you’ll still find plenty of their pantries. They are among the many architectural curiosities lingering in older homes despite having original purposes long gone by the wayside. “These can be features that just a…
Following our multipart series on architect C. Emlen Urban, this is the first in a series that will focus on another architect whose talents had an impact on the Lancaster County we still live in every day.
Cassius Emlen Urban’s 53-year career was nothing short of extraordinary, and his contributions were immeasurable. He single-handedly introduced Lancaster residents to a new vocabulary of bold and sometimes uncomfortable architectural styles.
Lancaster's renowned architect may only have designed one example of each of these buildings -- but his skill makes them stand out nonetheless.