W. W. Griest Building

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W.W. Griest Building
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W. W. Griest Building
General information
Location 8 North Queen Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Construction started 1924
Completed 1925
Technical details
Floor count 14
Design and construction
Architect C. Emlen Urban
W. W. Griest Building
W. W. Griest Building is located in Pennsylvania
W. W. Griest Building
W. W. Griest Building is located in the US
W. W. Griest Building
Location 8 N. Queen St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°2′17″N 76°18′24″W / 40.03806°N 76.30667°W / 40.03806; -76.30667Coordinates: 40°2′17″N 76°18′24″W / 40.03806°N 76.30667°W / 40.03806; -76.30667
Area less than one acre
Built 1924–1925
Architect Urban, C. Emlen
Architectural style Italian Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference # 99000755[1]
Added to NRHP June 25, 1999

The W.W. Griest Building, also known as the Lancaster Federal Building and PP and L Building, is a historic skyscraper located in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was designed by noted Lancaster architect C. Emlen Urban and built 1924–1925. It is built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and is a steel frame building faced in granite, limestone, and terra cotta. The Griest Building is fourteen stories tall and each floor measures 66 feet by 55 feet, or 3,600 square feet, the 12th floor, now office space, once housed a 300-seat auditorium with a green and gold frescoed ceiling. A 53 foot tall tower was added to the top of the building in 1976,[3] the W.W. Griest Building is the second tallest building in the city of Lancaster.[4]

The W.W. Griest Building is named after William Walton Griest, a former Pennsylvania representative and head of Lancaster Public Utilities.

It has been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since June 25, 1999.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ W. W. Griest Building at Emporis
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Christopher Dawson (December 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: W. W. Griest Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  4. ^ "W.W. Griest Building". cityoflancasterpa.com. Retrieved December 29, 2006. 

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