Lancaster’s Forgotten Architect: James Warner

Lancaster’s Forgotten Architect: James Warner

A recording of the presentation will be made available on LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel in the upcoming days.

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, architect Gregory Scott will join LancasterHistory virtually for a lecture about James Warner’s work, life, and the controversy that surrounded one of Lancaster’s most prolific and talented architects.

Image of Gregory J. Scott.

James H Warner (1865-1913) was born in London, England to a family familiar with architecture and engineering. At the age of 19, for reasons unknown,  he came to the United States to start his professional career. Following a brief business venture in Harrisburg, PA, he arrived in Lancaster at the age of 24, and, within four months, won the highly coveted commission to design Lancaster’s Central Market.  Within the next three years Warner was chosen to design the Catherine Long Mansion (Hamilton Club), Millersville Library, Franklin & Marshall Gymnasium, St John’s Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church, South Duke Street and South Mulberry Street Schools and major mansions for many of Lancaster’s wealthiest families – and all before the age of thirty!  While greatly accomplished, Warner would soon encounter tragedy, losing his commission to build the Pennsylvania State Capitol before passing away at 40. Learn more about one of Lancaster’s most prolific architects on May 11.

Gregory J. Scott, FAIA (pictured right) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a partner emeritus at RLPS Architects, a columnist for LNP News, and recipient of the Smedley Award presented by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. Scott previously presented about C. Emlen Urban at LancasterHistory in 2018.


This event will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

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Online/Virtual Event Lecture

May 11, 2021 Online via Zoom 7pm Eastern FREE | Registration Required