SOLD OUT! LEADS honors Lancaster Train Station with 2017 ornament


UPDATE, 12/19/17: We are SOLD OUT of the 2017 Lancaster Train Station Ornament. Some 2015 Griest Building Ornaments are available at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. Thank you for your generous support!!

UPDATE, 12/18/17: The 2017 LEADS Lancaster Landmark ornament is no longer available online. Sorry for any inconvenience. A few ornaments remain at retail locations below. Please call to check availability. Thank you for your generous support!

Proceeds help organization to refurbish and purchase Downtown holiday decor

LANCASTER, Pa. – At one time or another locals and visitors have marveled at the Lancaster Train Station. To commemorate this bastion of transportation, the iconic structure has been chosen as the 10th Lancaster Landmark Ornament, an annual fundraiser for LEADS, the all-volunteer group that pays for all city holiday decorations – including the Penn Square Christmas tree – and summertime hanging flower baskets in downtown Lancaster.

2017 Lancaster Landmark Ornament

Each ornament is $20 and can be ordered online at or by calling Building Character at 717-394-7201 to purchase with a major credit card. Shipping is $4.95 for the first ornament and $.95 for each additional ornament.

LEADS (Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success) selected the 88-year-old Lancaster Train Station as this year’s honored city landmark. Previous years included Central Market, Fulton Theatre, Watt & Shand, J.P. McCaskey High School, among others.

The Lancaster Train Station on McGovern Avenue at the city’s most-northern boundary was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and opened in 1929. Constructed of red brick, the classical revival building features a center block flanked by recessed wings. On its second level, concrete columns frame th
ree tall, rounded windows, while the parapet above showcases a clock. Currently owned by Amtrak, the station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Lancaster City Historic District.

”We have been providing every wreath, bow, garland and twinkling light for downtown’s streets since 2006,” said Marty Hulse, board president. ”The landmark ornament has become a popular and successful fundraiser to help make downtown streets festive for the holidays.”

The three-dimensional ornaments are renditions of structures that have played a meaningful role in Lancaster’s historic and cultural life, crafted of solid brass plated in 24-karat gold, he said. The ornament can be used as a tree or window ornament or displayed in the gold foil box it comes in along with a card telling its history.

Since 2012, LEADS has invested more than $30,000 to improve the city’s holiday decorations, Hulse said. Proceeds from the ornament go toward paying for that investment, he said.

Ornaments can be purchased at:

  • Lancaster Galleries, 34 N. Water St.;
  • BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen St., rear warehouses;
  • Festoon at the Firehouse, 202 N. Duke St.;
  • Turkey Lady at Central Market;
  • Downtown Visitors Center on Penn Square

The ornaments also are available at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9, 16 and 23. Each ornament is $20 and can be ordered online at or by calling Building Character at 717-394-7201 to purchase with a major credit card. Shipping is $4.95 for the first ornament and $.95 for each additional ornament. 

LEADS began in 2000 when a group of volunteers created a grassroots effort to beautify downtown Lancaster. The goal has always been: make the city a more attractive place to visit, shop and live. Then, as now, LEADS is a completely volunteer organizations that operates solely from donations.


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