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The Lancaster Central Market was established in 1730, and is the oldest continuously operating public marketplace in the United States. "Lancaster Central Market: Assessments, Guidelines, and Recommendations for Preservation and Development" was created in 2011 to continue the legacy and plan for the future of this historic marketplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places and APA's 10 Greatest Public Places.
The document describes the building's character-defining features and provides a long-term assessment of design and treatment approaches for the market. The recommendations in this report consider continuity of use, by preserving the cultural and economic significance of the Lancaster Central Market as well as the building's physical fabric.
The purpose of this document is (1) to supplement the Lancaster Central Market Master Plan written in 2005 and (2) to outline the principles for fostering design compatibility in instances of rehabilitation to the building and site.
The plan was awarded the "National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design" by the American Planning Association (APA) in 2013 for "producing a historical-architectural report to guide building renovations, before decisions were made for a capital improvement project." Additionally, the APA commends the document for "help[ing] refocus the market's operations toward securing the city's food supply and reaffirming the market's economic connection between the region's agricultural producers and its urban consumers."