Columbia Market House receives 2021 C. Emlen Urban Award

Hammel Associates Architects is proud to announce that our project at the Columbia Market House has earned the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County 2021 C. Emlen Urban Award for Community Revitalization.

Since 2017, the Market has been closed to the public. This rehabilitation and renovation project has restored the formerly closed facility, taking it back to its original use as a fresh food market. The Market House now features 22 market stands and a new restaurant as an anchor tenant within the 8,500 SF space. This redevelopment is the result of a partnership between CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Columbia Borough to both restore the market building and provide local residents with healthy food options within walking distance of their homes. The Market House also serves as a community space for residents to gather, host informational lectures and receptions, and celebrate special occasions.

The beloved original brick floor was removed for safety and cleanliness, salvaged and selectively reinstalled in prominent areas, paying homage to the original market. New market stands were constructed, inspired by details of the original stands, and interior screen walls were designed to recall the intricate design of the roof trusses.

Exterior restoration included the reconstruction of the original timber frame roof overhang on the North facade, masonry restoration, window and door repairs, roof repairs, new lighting and signage. The roof overhang will provide a covered area for stands when the market extends outside during periodic street closures of Sadie Lane.

Congratulations to the project team and Lancaster community for the outstanding achievement!