Construction of the York County History Center is underway on the site of the power station

The new York County History Center is beginning to take shape inside York’s first power station, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Monday, August 22.

Construction on the $27 million project began in January. With demolition and site preparation work on the old steam power station well advanced, the project is about 20% complete, according to George Wilk, project superintendent for Lewis Contractors.

The new headquarters and museum are expected to be completed by spring 2024, said Dan Fink, the center’s vice president of marketing and public relations.

Work is underway on the new York County History Center site.  An open space between the former production complex and the warehouse at the intersection of West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue in York will become a glass and steel structure that will connect the complex.

The brick complex of buildings that blend into the city’s streetscape at the corner of West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue began life as York’s first powerhouse in 1885. The foundation of this building was incorporated in a late 19th century brick structure, which is now connected to several other larger additions that added production capacity with building expansions through 1916, according to York County History Center documentation.

Learn more:About the history of the power station from 1885

This is a view of what will become the new York County History Center complex, taken on August 16, 2022. The first structure with the peaked roof, which was built in 1895, is on the far left.  The square structure in the center that served as the boiler room with the chimney visible was built from 1911 to 1916. The old warehouse building built in 1917 is on the right.  The space between the buildings will be filled with a steel and glass connecting structure

A two-story west-facing warehouse in Philadelphia, built for Edison’s power plant in 1917, will connect to the former power generation complex with a two-story glass and steel infill structure , designed to connect the complex without detracting from the existing architecture. .

The plant supplied:Edison Lights Streets as York became a city in 1887

The centre’s main exhibition area will be integrated into the large expanses of the old boiler room with steel, brickwork and the base of a chimney visible from inside the building. A mezzanine will be built in the large upper area. The space will be “visually impactful and will incorporate significantly more artifacts,” compared to the space available in the current building on East Market Street, said Joan Mummert, president and CEO of the center.

More light:Collector of 1880s light bulbs and light bulb appliances

This area will become the primary exhibition space for the York County History Center.

New proposed History Center Complex honors and preserves the birthplace and expansion of commercial electricity and steam generation for heating in York County in the late 19th and early 20th century.

I’ve been capturing life through the lens since 1983 and am currently a visual reporter with the USAToday Network. You can reach me at [email protected]

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