Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Historic Preservation


Ashley Robbins Wilson

Committee Member

Robert D. Russell, Jr., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Barry Stiefel, Ph.D.


This thesis examines the ecclesiastical buildings of the J.A. Dempwolf architecture firm of York, Pennsylvania. The prolific firm brought architecture to small cities and rural areas of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

During their tenure, the firm designed over six hundred buildings which included houses, churches, public buildings, hospitals, schools, and businesses; of these eighty-nine were ecclesiastical buildings. Included within this thesis are the survey of forty-five of the designed churches in chronological order by date of design and a list of the remaining forty-four. Also included are a history of the firm and examples of other buildings designed by the Dempwolfs.