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York County to light domes atop its Administrative Center

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August 06, 2019
The lighting ceremony will culminate a full day of 270th anniversary celebrations 
York County will culminate a full day of 270th birthday celebrations on Monday, Aug. 19, by lighting the York County Administrative Center’s three Florentine domes, adding another striking feature to the city skyline. 
“Known to many as the Old Courthouse, the county’s Administrative Center remains one of the most impressive and historic architectural gems in the region,” York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes said. “The building’s domes command attention during the day, yet they fade into near invisibility once the sun sets. We’re thrilled that we can celebrate our latest anniversary by ensuring that these magnificent structures receive the treatment they deserve.” 
According to “York’s Historic Buildings,” the York County Administrative Center’s East and West Wings were added in 1957, and the building was extensively remodeled between 2004 and 2006. 
The day’s activities will include free public tours of the York County Administrative Center, which was built in 1898 and served as the county courthouse until the York County Judicial Center opened in 2004. 
Led by local historians, the tours will tell the story of a building designed by famed architect J.A. Dempwolf. Its halls and former courtrooms have been privy to Civil War history and even an infamous witch-craft trial. 
Self-guided public tours will run every half-hour between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sign up for tours at this link. The lighting ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. 
No public funds were used in the $70,000 lighting project. Downtown Inc, an affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, collaborated with Phil Briddell, a Consultant with Susquehanna Real Estate, to secure private funding for the initiative.  
Funders include the Warehime Foundation, the Powder Mill Foundation, the York County Bar Foundation, the George and Josephine Schmidt Memorial Fund of the York County Community Foundation and the York County Community Foundation. 
ASCOM Electric installed the dome lighting. abSketches, a York-based visual marketing agency, created the renderings of the project. 

Lighting improvements have been a focus for Downtown Inc over the past two years. Downtown Inc has collaborated with community partners to light two historic facades on Continental Square, as well as facilitated pedestrian-level LED lighting improvements. 
“Lighting projects often have a utilitarian purpose: to foster public safety by creating a better sense of security at night. But in this case, we are also completing one of the most impactful beautification projects in recent memory simply by shining a light on an incredible architectural attraction,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “We encourage our entire community to tour the Administrative Center to learn more about our amazing local history.” 

An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information. 
The County of York, Downtown Inc and YCEA are jointly coordinating the county dome lighting ceremony. 

Andrew Staub, Downtown Inc – astaub@downtownyorkpa.com; 717-849-2331 
Katie Mahoney, YCEA – kmahoney@yceapa.org; 717-771-4581 
Mark Walters – mewalters@yorkcountypa.gov; 717-779-6508