ARCHITECTURE OF MONEY

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Research project on architecture of banks in early 20th century Lancaster: Week 4

This week I studied again Sanborn maps of Lancaster City. For my research project, I have redrawn (using Google SketchUp) a digital map of Lancaster Downtown in 1929. The map shows 3 main streets: North Queen, East King and North Duke, where all but one of the Lancaster banks were located in this year. The map is scaled and very carefully drawn. I paid attention to all the details and I also tried to put in as much information about other important buildings that were located in Lancaster downtown in the year of 1929. Because the original Sanborn maps were really hard to read, this imposed quite a challenge for me. Here is the map that I created along with the list of banks that are in it.

BANKS AND BANKERS OF LANCASTER IN 1929 (with addresses):

1. LANCASTER TRUST COMPANY (36-38 North Queen Street)

2. In Woolworth Building (21 North Queen Street)*:

-SCHROEDER JAY N & CO INC.

-LONG J B COMPANY

-WEST AND CO

-HALSEY C D & CO

3. THE FULTON NATIONAL BANK (11 North Queen Street)

4. CONESTOGA NATIONAL BANK OF LANCASTER (28 Penn Square)

5. LANCASTER COUNTY NATIONAL BANK (23 East King Street)

6. THE UNION TRUST CO OF LANCASTER, PA (26 East King Street)

7. FARMERS TRUST CO OF LANCASTER (50-52 East King Street)

8. PEOPLES TRUST CO OF LANCASTER (113-115 East King Street)**

9. THE GUARANTY TRUST CO (36-38 North Duke corner East Grant)

10. COMMUNITY DISCOUNT COMPANY (39 North Duke Street)

11. THE AGRICULTURAL TRUST AND SAVINGS CO (45-47 North Duke Street)

12. NORTHERN TRUST ANDSAVINGS CO (138 North Queen Street)***

*These 4 banking firms had offices within the Woolworth Building

**The 1929 Sanborn map that is in possession of F&M College is in fact an updated 1912 version, which is probably why it is showing an empty slot in place where this bank had its building in 1929

***For pragmatic reasons, this bank is not shown on my map of Lancaster downtown, where all the other banks 1929 Lancaster were located

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