Hamilton Watch Co. is LEADS’ 11th annual ornament

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Proceeds help make Downtown Lancaster streets sparkle during the holidays

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Since 1875, the one-time Hamilton Watch Co. factory has stood the test of time along Columbia Avenue. Today the elaborate buildings are home to residents, a school and other businesses. And to commemorate its place in history, the iconic structure has been chosen as the 11th Lancaster Landmark Ornament, an annual fundraiser for LEADS, the all-volunteer group that provides all city holiday decorations – including the Penn Square Christmas tree – and summertime hanging flower baskets in downtown Lancaster.

LEADS (Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success) selected the 143-year-old Hamilton Watch complex as this year’s honored landmark. Previous years included Central Market, Fulton Theatre, Watt & Shand, J.P. McCaskey High School, Lancaster Train Station, among others.

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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.

The first phase of the Hamilton Watch complex, located on the west end of Lancaster City, was designed by architect Clarence Luther Stiles and was completed in 1875. It was the Hamilton Watch Co.’s headquarters from the company’s founding in 1892 until 1980. Twin 90-foot clock towers — the second added in 1916 — are the most dominant feature of the building. Each tower is topped with a mansard roof trimmed with copper and a clock with four faces. The four-story complex was built with brick and is shaped roughly like an ”E” with the main portion of building situated east-west, paralleling Columbia Avenue, and three wings extend north. An unconnected, four-story, Art Deco-style office building stands south of the main building located between the two clock towers. The westernmost wing of the complex was designed in a ”restrained” International style. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The main building, designed in Second Empire style, was converted into luxury apartments and condominiums between 1983 and 2000.

”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 $40,000 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.; the Turkey Lady at Central Market; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square. The ornaments also are available at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Each ornament is $20 and can be ordered online at http://www.LancasterLeads.org 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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Holiday Events for BC and the 300 Block

BUILDING CHARACTER EVENTS

  • Parking is on us this holiday season! BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and other merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street will give you one free hour parking with a $40 purchase between Dec. 1-24 (while supplies last); excluding Sundays when parking is always free. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Friday, Nov. 6 10am-9pm First Friday
  • Friday, Nov. 28, 6-9pm BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s Hip Santa arrives for the season. Visit with him Fridays 6-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm through Dec. 23. Get your photo taken free and a Christmas gift for children and pets. BUiLDiNG CHARACTER –
  • Saturday, Nov. 29 9am-8pm Small Business Saturday
  • Friday, Dec. 12 Holiday Open (Ware)House 7-9pm with treats and sounds of the season and get up close and personal with live demonstrations by BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s resident artisans. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Friday, Dec. 19 Ladies Night Out Holiday Edition 7-9pm with free drink and dessert samples, massages, locally made gift ideas and shopping at 40+ shops under one roof. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 9:30-11am Breakfast with BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s Hip Santa at Commonwealth on Queen, 301 N. Queen St. Call 717-394-7201 for reservations. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events

300 BLOCK EVENTS

  • Saturday, Nov. 29 9am-9pm extended hours for Small Business Saturday at participating merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Sunday, Dec. 7 11am-5pm Holiday Open House on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Downtown Lancaster’s premiere shopping district. Enjoy sounds and treats of the season at participating merchants, including Art & Glassworks, Mommalicious, j.a. Sharp, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Space and more. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10 5:30-9pm Men’s Night Out at j.a. Sharp Customer Jewelers and other participating merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Extended shopping hours are participating merchants or on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Downtown Lancaster’s premiere shopping district. merchants, including Art & Glassworks, Mommalicious, j.a. Sharp, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Space and more. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Parking is on us this holiday season! Merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street will give you one free hour parking with a $40 purchase between Dec. 1-24 (while supplies last); excluding Sundays when parking is always free.www.downtownlancaster300block.com

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What’s going on in the BC world.

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BC’s Hip Santa has been busy, busy, busy, this holiday season. He will be with us for 9 more days before returning to the N. Pole. Come visit our jolly man for FREE pictures, and organic-gluten free- made in America candy canes.

Also he will be at the Commonwealth on Queen for his second Breakfast Sing-A-Long. You can get free pictures, candy canes, and holiday tunes this coming Saturday from 8-11 a.m.
Please call717-208-3394 for reservations.

Featured Vendor ~ Blueberry Hill

Featured Vendor ~ Blueberry Hill ~ Flair for the Heart and Home

BlueBerryHill-007Blueberry Hill—flair for the heart and home—is owned by Denise McDaniels and Erinn Rowe (mother/daughter) since April 2013. They sell quality, custom wreaths, flower arrangements, live potted plants, dishgardens, home décor, and seasonal and some vintage items.  Erinn also does event decorating for any occasion. You can see her work on their computerized photo album at the right front of their shop in Warehouse A at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.

What made you want to start your craft/hobby/collection?

Erinn has always enjoyed doing something creative, and made many wreaths for their home while she was growing up.   Denise has many flower beds and houseplants at her home and enjoys the beauty plants add to a person’s living space.

Your favorite thing about being a vendor/seller at Building Character?

Denise loves seeing Erinn’s thoughts and plans become reality in her creations and store themes. BC gives Erinn a reason to expand, to grow, and to develop her creativity. She enjoys making something different that other people like.  Both of them appreciate the talent of the many vendors and meeting the customers when they are at Building Character. They both agree is a pleasant place to work and an inviting environment for shoppers.

What other hobbies do you have? 

Both Erinn and Denise are animal lovers. Erinn has two wonderful pit bulls and Denise has a German Shepard and numerous cats. Erinn likes to read about nutrition, health and exercise, enjoys movies and music, and going camping.   Denise volunteers much time to church-related activities, likes going for walks, riding bike, and gardening.  They both try to make as much time as they can to be with their husbands, families, and friends.

Three interesting facts about you?

Erinn is a kid at heart, stands up for pit bull rights (punish the deed, not the breed), and collects vinyl records.  She still uses her father’s 1970 stereo record player.  Erinn loves fall “hoodie” weather, her Shelby Mustang, shabby chic, and being an aunt. Denise can get lost for hours in a thrift store or flower shop searching for bargains or new ideas for plants.  She loves pretty cards of all kinds and mailing them to friends and really enjoys stories with feel-good endings and value messages.  Denise adores  her grandson and granddaughter who are children to her son Sean and his wife.  She is also happy to be a “grandma” to Erinn’s two pit bulls.

If you could transport yourself back to any time era, what year would it be?

Erinn and Denise both agree that they would choose the 1950s.  They could not decide on a store name until Erinn recalled all the times they watched “Happy Days” on TV and remembered Richie Cunningham singing, “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” each time he had a special date to take to Inspiration Point. Erinn and Denise “found their thrill”  being able to open the store together.

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(Photos taken by Holly Lessey)