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Old jail’s intricate stonework uncovered

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Masterful masonry revealed during $800K repair project

By Greg Summers

The “new” look of the almost 200-year-old historic Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street is drawing a lot of attention.
Renovators have exposed hand-hewn stone masonry hidden beneath layers of stucco, and those working on the multi-year restoration project are trying to determine if it’s feasible to keep it looking that way.
Built in 1823, the jail was designed by Robert Mills. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.


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