Farmers and Mechanics Building

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Farmers and Mechanics Building
Farmers and Mechanics Building.JPG
Corner of Market & High St., West Chester, PA
General information
Type Skyscraper
Architectural style Beaux-arts architecture
Completed 1907
Opening 1908[1]
Technical details
Floor count 7
Farmers and Mechanics Trust Company Building
Site in U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Farmers and Mechanics Building is located in Pennsylvania
Farmers and Mechanics Building
Location Market and High Sts., West Chester, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′34″N 75°36′19″W / 39.95944°N 75.60528°W / 39.95944; -75.60528Coordinates: 39°57′34″N 75°36′19″W / 39.95944°N 75.60528°W / 39.95944; -75.60528
Area 0.1 acres (0.04 ha)
Built 1907-1908
Architect William C. Prichett, F.A.I.A.
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 83002223[2]
Added to NRHP January 6, 1983

The Farmers and Mechanics Building is a historic "skyscraper" located in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. It was completed in 1908 and is a six-story skyscraper building, with a basement and penthouse in the Classical Revival style. The top floor once featured a Roof Garden. The exterior is faced in Indiana limestone and yellow hard face brick, with terra cotta decorative details.[3] In 1918 when the Boy Scouts were founded in Chester County the Farmers and mechanics Building became their headquarters. During World War II, it was used to watch for German planes.[1]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is located in the West Chester Downtown Historic District.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Jim. "Timeline of West Chester History". West Chester University. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Carole H. Kirkbride (July 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Farmers and Mechanics Trust Company Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-01.