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Alexander W. Himes Residence | John A. Dempwolf Architect

Designed by Cooper Union graduate and renowned architect John A. Dempwolf, whose York firm also constructed multiple buildings on the Gettysburg College campus. Our timeless American Queen Anne home has original stained-glass windows, original slate roof, soaring ceilings and a deep-set front porch. Built in 1888 for prominent local businessman Alexander W. Himes and his wife, the former Sarah Ellen Reed, the residence is on the foundation of the first house at this site. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Himes were together until his untimely death from typhoid fever in 1907. Mrs. Sarah Himes completed an ambitious art deco redesign in the 1920s, and continued to maintain the household until her passing in 1931.

This amazing house is the child of industrial revolution success and she came of age in the opulence of art deco. For more than a century, she has remained steadfast and stoic. She is master craftsmanship, modern innovation, abundant prosperity, and untold loss. She is living history. This is our 10th historic preservation project including previous residences in New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, and Denver. We welcome you to her next chapter.