Lost and Found features brief profiles of historic landmarks and structures, one lost and one saved.

Lost

Completed in 1910, the Community Inn in Hershey, Dauphin County, originally housed the Hershey Store Company and the Hershey Inn. In 1920 the store moved out, and in 1936 Hershey architect D. Paul Witmer redesigned the structure, adding two floors. The newly named Community Inn provided tourist accommodations, a grill, and a very popular oyster bar. Refurbished in 1958, it was renamed the Cocoa Inn. The inn was demolished in 1970, but is still remembered as an important gathering place for members of the Hershey community. Architect D. Paul Witmer is the subject of an exhibit at the Hershey Museum from October 19, 2001, through March 2002. Visit the Hershey Muse­um website or telephone (717)534-3439.

 

Found

The Buck Hill Inn is situated in the Pocono Mountains, Monroe County. The original 1901 inn was designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm of Bunting and Shrigley, as was the 1923 Mission Revival style four-story hotel built of native stone. Buck Hill was, even into the later years of the twentieth century, one of the largest Pocono resorts. The inn closed in 1991, and although a buyer was found, ownership of the property remains unclear. The building has not been maintained since its dosing and recent proposals for the inn have included demolition. In response, Preservation Pennsylvania recently listed Buck Hill Inn in its annual listing of the Commonwealth’s Most Endangered Historic Properties. For more information, visit the Preservation Pennsylvania website or telephone (717) 234-2310.