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Historic Architecture – North Mulberry Street

Posted in: News on April 12, 2018 | By Sara Gambone

Lancaster City has no dearth of historical buildings and homes that were artfully designed by talented architects and continue to stand the test of time.

The Gunzenhauser Bakery when it was first built.

During the late 19th century and well into the early 20th century, Lancaster’s leading architect, C. Emlen Urban, was responsible for creating dozens of these landmarks.

In Wohlsen Construction’s early years, the company had the pleasure of turning Urban’s well-known designs into sturdy buildings that still stand today. Two such examples are on North Mulberry Street.

These two brick buildings were created by the Urban/Wohlsen duo during the first quarter of the 20th century. They were erected for the Lancastrian businessman, Christian Gunzenhauser.

The building as it stands today, with the attached brick building.

Before 1910, a three-story brick building was constructed to serve as the home-base for Gunzenhauser’s local bakery business – the first bakery for both Urban and Wohlsen. Throughout the next decade, as business picked up and operations expanded, Urban and Wohlsen added on to the structure, creating what now stands as two buildings, seamlessly joined.

Over the years the third floor was removed, but the buildings still stand strong to preserve Lancaster’s culture both architecturally and artistically as the Mulberry Art Studio.

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