Our March meeting took place with a tour of the Yorktowne Hotel. Built in 1925 in the Renaissance Revival style, the 11-story Yorktowne Hotel was designed and constructed to be the cornerstone of hospitality in downtown York during a time of significant growth for the city. The hotel’s success warranted several expansions through the 1950’s. And over the following decades, The Yorktowne would undergo several renovations but eventually fall victim to deferred maintenance and neglect. In 2016, concerned about the worsening condition of the building and the underutilization of space, the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA), which champions redevelopment projects in York County, purchased the hotel to restore it to its former glory and boost the city’s revitalization efforts.
Currently under construction, the highly anticipated and re-envisioned Yorktowne will reopen in 2022 under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand. When complete, it will have a new grand entrance, 123 modernized guest rooms, a rooftop event space, a full-service restaurant and café, an improved lobby area, and a completely restored grand ballroom.