C. Emlen Urban

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lancaster’s architectural look was shaped largely by one man: C. Emlen Urban. From private homes to the Griest Building; from the Stevens School to Southern Market Center, Urban’s work is still striking today.

After three decades of building homes -- and businesses, churches, schools, markets and more for others -- architect C. Emlen Urban in 1914 finally turned his talents to designing a home for his own family. 

Lancaster County Architecture

Many cities, it seems, have a particular iconic building that defines the skyline. Lancaster’s, of course, would be the Griest Building - the only skyscraper here prior to the construction of the Marriott hotel at the Lancaster County Convent…