Klein – Lancaster in the 20th Century

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The first two decades of the twentieth century brought many changes to Lancaster.  These changes related to the industrialization of the city.  The city itself was growing rapidly in terms of population and industry.  Economic development was underway not just in Lancaster, but the United States as a whole. Progress was being made to modes of transportation; electric railway systems were being put into place.  Factories that produced materials were becoming a staple of Lancaster manufacturers.  Some companies that contributed to this were wood, iron, and linoleum producing firms.  The need for expansion and growth was mostly due to the rise in population.  Many of the buildings covered in class were generally larger in size, thus pushing for growth in Lancaster.  A select few of the buildings functioned as stores, which sheds light on the need for such outlets in society. In fact, real estate developments were being made in the early 1900s.  Typically, the buildings the class studied also contained office and residential space.  The demand for architects such as C. Elmen Urban was incredibly high during this period, which is most likely why he went on a “designing splurge”.  All in all, Lancaster was a seed that needed to be watered during the beginning of the 20th century.  These advancements shaped the city into what it is today, and are illustrated by the buildings that are visible.

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