Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square Opens with Unrivaled Features
“We are seeing tremendous interest in the Lancaster County Convention Center as the go-to place among meeting planners looking to bring their events to Pennsylvania,” said Joshua Nowak, Director of Sales & Marketing for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the management company for the facility.
Presenting the compelling historical importance of its region
Paying remarkable homage to regional and American history, the facility incorporates historic structures and narratives within and around its own new architecture. The venue offers significant historical and cultural context, including being a key site of Pennsylvania’s Quest for Freedom trail, which honors the sites and stories of the African American journey to freedom from the time of the Underground Railroad and Civil War to the present day. Eventually the overall project, which from inception held a vision of incorporating the unique historical fabric of Lancaster, will offer a 20,000-square-foot, $20-million interactive museum, the Stevens & Smith Historic Site (see for additional background).
Under the leadership of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County (HPT), a water-collection cistern was unearthed and preserved during construction that had once been part of the Kleiss Tavern owned by influential Congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. In the Vine Street entrance area to the facility, guests will behold a view of the preserved cistern, believed by scholars and archeologists to have been a hiding place used by Stevens and business partner Lydia Hamilton Smith to assist Americans escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad.
Lancaster as a destination
From bustling farmers’ markets to scenic rural landscapes populated by the nation’s oldest community of Old Order Amish, Lancaster offers a range of family-oriented activities and “country-life” experiences. But there’s another side as well – a sophisticated urban center that offers dozens of well respected art galleries and exquisite fine dining and shopping. And as one of the largest National Historic Register Districts in the country, it offers hundreds of well preserved historical landmarks. Visiting architects and planners, in fact, have noted favorable assessments of the sense of place it offers, including that Lancaster “is the kind of place other communities are trying to create.”
Décor and amenities
Interiors are distinctive and exude a warm cosmopolitan feel including fresh colors and rich mahogany accents. Expansive windows offer an infusion of natural light and remarkable views onto the Downtown. The facility’s new construction incorporates the iconic façade of the former Watt & Shand Department Store, as well as other important historic structures and features.
In the 299-room hotel portion of this integrated facility, meeting attendees will find all the amenities commanded by the Marriott name, including 37-inch LCD high-def screens, smart plug-and-play system for connecting laptops to TVs, and luxurious pillow-top bedding.
To book an event at the integrated facility, call Josh Nowak at 717-207-4044. For more information, visit and .
About ownership of the integrated facility
The Lancaster County Convention Center is a publicly owned entity under the direction of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority; Kevin Molloy, executive director. The Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and leased to Penn Square Partners, the private company that holds the Marriott franchise.
About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, which operates The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, is the nation’s largest independent hotel management company. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s Web site at .
Director of Sales & Marketing