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David P. Schuyler

A New Vision for Lancaster

 

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The cover of the May-June 1960 issue of Pennsylvania League of Cities depicts the schematic of Penn Square prepared by Clifton E. Rodgers and Associates. Note the presence of the old City Hall (today the Heritage Center), Griest Building, art deco Conestoga Bank (today the red brick, neocolonial Fulton Bank), and Watt and Shand, as well as new elements, such as the covered walkways that provide sheltered pedestrian access to downtown from parking garages on the periphery of the central business district. Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster

 


Downtown Lancaster, 1980

 

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Vine Street is at the top of the Rodgers model, Prince Street to the right. Note that Queen Street has become a pedestrian promenade from Vine north to Walnut Street (at bottom). The Rodgers plan attempted to preserve many extant structures, including the old City Hall (today the Heritage Center), Central Market, Watt and Shand, and the Brunswick Hotel, while providing space for modern structures that "consciously use shapes, materials, and spaces which take into account the design of the overall area." Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster.

 


General Development Plan, 1980

 

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This schematic, prepared as part of the Rodgers and Associates report, demonstrates the relationship of new structures to the historic core of Lancaster. Note the various parking lots and garages located on the periphery of the central business district. From Clifton E. Rodgers and Associates, Downtown Lancaster . . . 1980 (1960). Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster.

 


Downtown Lancaster, 1980

 

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Detailed views of Rodgers model, showing the series of strikingly modern buildings the plan proposed for Lancaster: a new office building at left, a convention center, new County Court House, and new City Hall. At far right, facing Chestnut Street, is the city's recently constructed Public Safety Building (today the Kendig C. Bare Public Safety Building). Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster.

 


Studying for Rodgers Plan

 

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Burrell B. Cohen (center), first director of the Lancaster Redevelopment Authority, points to a new structure proposed for the corner of East King and North Duke streets. At right is Clifton E. Rodgers, the consultant who prepared the plan Downtown Lancaster . . . 1980. Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster.

 

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Part III: A New Commercial Center
Part IV: New Neighborhoods for Old
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