Strategy 4 – Quality of Life: Reinforcing Community Hubs

200 Block of W. King Street Façade Transformations

Before (257 W. King Street)

A total of five properties on the 200 Block of W. King Street are being transformed by Lancaster City Alliance’s Façade Improvement Grant Program. Once complete, this collection of projects will breathe new life into the historic storefronts on this block. A recommendation within Building On Strength, the Façade Improvement Grant Program has successfully restored and refreshed over 100 façades in historically under-resourced areas of the City. These improvements have also attracted additional private investment on surrounding buildings.


Each of the five projects on the 200 block of W. King received façade lighting to highlight unique architectural elements and to create public safety and interest at night. Additionally, multicolor paint schemes on several projects now highlight unique architectural characteristics such as the molding and cornice details, corbels, and a corner turret.


Below is a comprehensive list of the scope of work on each of the five projects:


  • 209-211 W. King St. – uplighting, gooseneck storefront lighting, painting of cornice, storefront trim, entry doors and upper-floor windows.
  • 221 W. King St. – same as above, and restoration of the early 20th Century storefront.
  • 244 W. King St. – uplighting.
  • 257 W. King St. – uplighting, painting of the entire façade with a multicolor paint scheme nodding to the building’s Gothic-style architecture by adopting colors from the interior of the Gothic-style Christ Lutheran Church at W. King and Strawberry streets; and restoring architectural details destroyed in 1993.
  • 259 W. King St. – uplighting, gooseneck storefront lighting, painting of entire façade with a multicolor paint scheme, new handrails, new storefront entry doors, decorative wood paneling below storefront windows, reinstallation of transom glass above storefront windows.