5 Iconic Buildings of West Chester, PA

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F & M Building

2 West Market Street at High Street

The Farmers & Mechanics (F & M) Building was completed in 1908. This six-story structure makes it the tallest commercial building downtown at a height of 90 feet. It is known as West Chester’s first and only true skyscraper. Current plans call for a conversion to a hotel with a restaurant on the first floor while preserving aesthetics of the original building.

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Historic Courthouse

2 North High street at Market Street

The Historic Chester County Courthouse was designed by Thomas U. Walter in 1846 and opened in 1848. It has become one of Walter’s greatest achievements and a major landmark for West Chester today, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local musicians.

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Historic Post Office

101 East Gay Street at Walnut Street

In 1905, almost 130,000 pieces of mail were handled at the historic Post Office for over 15,000 people in the West Chester Borough and many rural routes. With this demand so high, this federally owned Post Office was constructed and would also serve as the Federal Building.

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The Lincoln Room

28 West Market Street at Wilmont Mews

In 1833, William Everhart, constructed the first true office building downtown. It was known as the Everhart Building in 1833 but renamed the Lincoln Building in 1947. The building was rededicated to Abraham Lincoln by the Chester County Historical Society, in recognition that Lincoln’s first biography was written and published there in 1860.

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Wells Fargo Bank Building

17 North High Street

Originally home to the First Bank of Chester County, it is one of the grandest single-story buildings in downtown West Chester. It was designed by Thomas U. Walter in 1836. It is the oldest commercial structure downtown that has continually been home to a banking institution.

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