RLPS: Lancaster Landmarks

A sneak peek into President Bachanan's beautiful, festive home.

President James Buchanan’s Wheatland—the gift that keeps on giving!

Truer words could never be spoken thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Junior League of Lancaster and other philanthropic and heritage-minded Lancaster County citizens in 1936. Wheatland is a wonderful example of how preserving and celebrating our community’s past through its architecture is only possible when creative minds come together with a shared purpose. By 1934, 66 years after the death of President Buchanan, Wheatland and the surrounding grounds had fallen into disrepair and were at risk of being lost to history. The “James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland” was formed a year later by the Junior League of Lancaster and the group successfully raised $40,000 for Wheatland’s purchase in 1936!

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Constructed in 1828, Wheatland is a fine example of a Federal-style design featuring the distinctive two-tone shutters, round top dormers, and a large lunette transom over the main entrance. The interior layout accurately reflects the personality of the bachelor president, with equal attention given to both his library and his parlors. Buchanan loved to entertain and did so in high style. The interior is dressed in fashionable Victorian-era details, furnishings, and textiles, providing the perfect backdrop for seasonal decorations as displayed during this Yuletide season.

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

RLPS Architects believes in the appreciation and honoring of architecturally significant buildings in the City. Founded in 1954, RLPS provides master planning, architectural, and interior design services for businesses in Lancaster and across the country.

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