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Hamburg Borough


Borough municipal offices are locate at 61 North 3rd Street, Hamburg PA 19526; phone: 610-562-7821.

First settled about 1732, Hamburg was incorporated in 1837 from Windsor Township.

The borough has a wide variety of residences: late 19th and early 20th century row homes; townhomes built in the 1990s (Hawk Ridge); twins (semi-detached) from the 1920s and 1930s; plus detached singles from the mid to late 19th as well as representative homes from each decade beginning in the 20th century, through contemporary developments. (e.g. Wyndcliffe, circa 2002-2003).

Public school students attend the Hamburg Area School District.

The Hamburg Public Library (North 3rd Street) was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places around 1988. Text, below, was adapted from a copy of the original nomination document.

The Hamburg Public Library is representative of the high style buildings that appeared during the Victorian Period.

The Hamburg Public Library borrowed freely from a variety of turn of the century styles and incorporated a few inventions of its own. The roof lines are more reminiscent of the Gothic Revival style, the arched windows and doorways are Romanesque Revival, rusticated lintel and arch stones borrow from Richardsonian Romanesque Revival, yet the eave crown moldings are of Classical Greek Revival profile and the dormer window is decorated with filigree reminiscent of the Stick Style. The interior details and moldings echo a modified expression of Roman architecture.

Other high style buildings in Hamburg represent their styles in a similar manner These include the following:

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars lodge at 1 South Fourth Street – A 2-1/2 story, rambling, brick, Queen Anne style building with peaks, dormers and turrets somewhat expressive of the German Gothic style.
  • Store and offices at 57 North Fourth Street -A 3 story, brick row building in the Italianate style with a Victorian store front.
  • Offices at 260 West State Street – 2-1/2 story, brick building in the Gothic Revival Style with the addition of Stick Style filigree at the gable peaks and the use of molded brick in the German vernacular.
  • First National Bank and Trust Company at 20 South Fourth Street – A 2 story marble building, with a columned entrance done in the Classical Revival style primarily with Greek detailing.
  • Hamburg Savings and Trust Company at 52 South Fourth Street – A 2 story limestone building done in the Classical Revival style with Roman arched windows.
  • First United Church of Christ at 86 South Third Street – A 2-1/2 story brownstone church done in the Gothic Revival style combining elements of Norman Gothic and English Perpendicular styles.
  • Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church at Pine and Church Streets – A 2 story yellow brick church that combines Norman and German Gothic forms laid up with Roman style brick.
  • Bethany United Methodist Church at 101 North Third Street – A 2 story, rubblestone church in a rambling "Country" Gothic style with some Romanesque forms and Gothic details.

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