Research Summary, Week 2


My research this week included a visit to the Lancaster Historical Society in the hopes of finding images of the building that used to house Harold’s Furniture Store.  The photographs that the Historical Society provided me with displayed the Harold’s Furniture Store in 1926, five years after its construction.   These images will serve as primary sources for my analysis. Harold’s Furniture Store is the largest of examples of Second Gothic Revival style commercial architecture in Lancaster.  The building was designed by C. Emlen Urban and constructed in 1921. The building itself represents a perpendicular Gothic style for use with commercial high rise structures.  A notable building that contains similar, yet distinctive, features is Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building in New York City.  The building, which was constructed from 1910-1913, displays the epitome of neo-Gothic style.  The particular feature of Harold’s that is easily identified as portraying a neo-Gothic style is Emlen’s design of the frieze and parapet.

Thus, the question still must be asked – Did Gilbert’s architectural design have an influence on Urban’s design of this building? This question will be explored further in the next coming weeks – specifically, sources from my bibliography will be explored.  Additionally, signs of Gothic influence in Urban’s design will be examined, specifically his work later in his career when the Gothic Revival was taking place.


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