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Buchanan Park is the principal open space within College Park. A substantial open area with playgrounds and ball fields, the park contained two large standpipes and the remnants of a reservoir, constructed as part of the city's water system in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The standpipes, referred to by local residents as "George and Martha," were prominent visual landmarks of the city and College Park.

The Buchanan Avenue sub-area is predominantly residential, with a mixture of single-family dwellings and good-quality row houses and paired houses, this area has the following general qualities giving it a general feeling of unity: two- and three-story height of houses, brick walls - red brick, tapestry brick and some gold-beige brick - numerous front porches that, in general, seem to be original, some garages and numerous small front yards. Historically and visually, College Avenue is the logical eastern boundary of this sub-area. The western boundary, the western city line, is somewhat artificial since the architecture of the area continues westward into Lancaster Township.

Most of the residences in the Buchanan Avenue sub-area were built in the early 1900s. For example, building permits prove that most of the houses date from 1921 to 1926. Several houses along College Avenue date from 1910 and 1911.

The red brick house at the northwest corner of College Avenue and West Walnut is, at least in part, the farmhouse from the late 1800s that once belonged to Jacob Weh who sold much of the land in this immediate vicinity. The Georgian Revival style Long Home was built in 1905 with money from the joint bequests of Judge Henry Long and his daughter, Catherine Haldeman Long, as a home for aged women.

College Park Part IV

Lancaster City Living – Lancaster PA