Hamilton Watch Complex

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The Hamilton Watch Complex is a former industrial complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.wikipedia
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Hamilton Watch Company

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It was owned by the Hamilton Watch Company and was used as their headquarters from the company's founding in 1892, until 1980.
The precursor to the Hamilton Watch Co., the Lancaster, Pennsylvania based Keystone Standard Watch Co., was started by Abram Bitner in 1886 with the purchase of Lancaster Watch Company's factory.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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The Hamilton Watch Complex is a former industrial complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Hamilton Watch Complex – former factory and headquarters of the Hamilton Watch Company, which in 1957 sold the world's first battery-powered watch, the Hamilton Electric 500.

Pennsylvania

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The Hamilton Watch Complex is a former industrial complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Apartment

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The main building was converted into a luxury apartment and condominium complex.

Condominium

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The main building was converted into a luxury apartment and condominium complex.

Pennsylvania Route 462

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The complex is located on the western edge of the city of Lancaster on Pennsylvania Route 462 (Columbia Avenue).

Clock tower

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Twin 90 ft clock towers are the most dominant feature of the building.

Mansard roof

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Each tower is topped with a mansard roof trimmed with copper and a clock with four faces.

Copper

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Each tower is topped with a mansard roof trimmed with copper and a clock with four faces.

Clock face

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Each tower is topped with a mansard roof trimmed with copper and a clock with four faces.

Art Deco

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An unconnected, four-story, Art Deco office building stands south of the main building, located between the two clock towers.

International Style (architecture)

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The westernmost wing of the complex was designed in a "restrained" International style.

Chicago

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The building, designed by Chicago-architect Clarence Luther Stiles in the Second Empire style, was three stories high and consisted of only the eastern tower, flanked on either side with a wing.

Second Empire architecture

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The building, designed by Chicago-architect Clarence Luther Stiles in the Second Empire style, was three stories high and consisted of only the eastern tower, flanked on either side with a wing.

Bankruptcy

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Keystone Standard Watch went bankrupt, as well, in 1890 and its assets sold in 1892 in a public auction to group of investors from Lancaster, who had also bought another bankrupt watch company in Aurora, Illinois.

Public auction

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Keystone Standard Watch went bankrupt, as well, in 1890 and its assets sold in 1892 in a public auction to group of investors from Lancaster, who had also bought another bankrupt watch company in Aurora, Illinois.

Aurora, Illinois

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Keystone Standard Watch went bankrupt, as well, in 1890 and its assets sold in 1892 in a public auction to group of investors from Lancaster, who had also bought another bankrupt watch company in Aurora, Illinois.

Illinois

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Keystone Standard Watch went bankrupt, as well, in 1890 and its assets sold in 1892 in a public auction to group of investors from Lancaster, who had also bought another bankrupt watch company in Aurora, Illinois.

Landscaping

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Various landscaping projects were also undertaken during the 1920s.

Philadelphia

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A proposal was put forth in 1981 by a Philadelphia-based real estate developer to convert the complex into 202 apartments and 61 townhouses, but it fell through; its failure being blamed on "high interest rates and restrictive zoning regulations".

Real estate development

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A proposal was put forth in 1981 by a Philadelphia-based real estate developer to convert the complex into 202 apartments and 61 townhouses, but it fell through; its failure being blamed on "high interest rates and restrictive zoning regulations".

Townhouse

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A proposal was put forth in 1981 by a Philadelphia-based real estate developer to convert the complex into 202 apartments and 61 townhouses, but it fell through; its failure being blamed on "high interest rates and restrictive zoning regulations".

Interest rate

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A proposal was put forth in 1981 by a Philadelphia-based real estate developer to convert the complex into 202 apartments and 61 townhouses, but it fell through; its failure being blamed on "high interest rates and restrictive zoning regulations".

Zoning

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A proposal was put forth in 1981 by a Philadelphia-based real estate developer to convert the complex into 202 apartments and 61 townhouses, but it fell through; its failure being blamed on "high interest rates and restrictive zoning regulations".