The current York Courthouse is located at the site of the city's second courthouse which was constructed from 1839 through 1841. This structure featured a marble staircase and six 20-foot tall columnns in the front of the building. Although the exterior was elegant, the county soon needed a larger structure that featured three domes. The present courthouse replaced that structure.
The first courthouse
that was built in the city of York was down the road at 205 West Market
St. In 1841, the first courthouse was sold and demolished, after the
second courthouse was built, despite what many residents wanted. The second courthouse's construction was started in 1839, and finished in 1841. In 1863, Confederate General
Jubal Early, along with his 10,000 troops, took over the sheriff’s office. He
demanded $100,000, food, supplies, and sundries for sparring the city. The
city was only able to raise $28,000. Fortunately, for the residents of York, Early was
called to Gettysburg and the city was spared.
courthouse was built in 1898 in the same location as the second courthouse. Architect John Augustus Dempwolf, designed the structure which was completed at a cost of $450,000. The fourth courthouse features more modern design and the addition of two
courtrooms and large wings on the east and west sides of the building.