Sunday, April 8

Century Mix

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Can you sense the difference. As the city grew north of E. Chestnut 19th century buildings began to mix with 18th. The ovals of the Federal Period were introduced. A sense of late 1800s mixes with the boxes of the 1700s. It's as if you'd invited in a decorator to subtly mix styles of furniture. But you ordered her to do it with a coherent grace and charm.

Here on the two blocks above E. Chestnut St. along N. Lime toward Walnut - people live in places which filled lots, as if a puzzle were getting completed. And the back filled homes are newer frequently than those on either side of them. Yet we grow so used to the mix that we think of it as, well... Lancaster.

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