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Griest Building, 8 North Queen Street, Lancaster PA

  • Listing type: For Rent
  • Property type: Office
  • Floor Various
  • Square Ft Various
  • Includes All utilities as well as daily cleaning, excludes phone and internet
  • Floors Various floors with varied layouts or build to suit

Property Description

Griest Building


  • Make this space fit to your business needs. We are happy to brainstorm exciting renovation options with you. Please call Ecklin Development at (717) 392-1771 for more information.

Available Spaces:

  • Mezzanine Level:
    • 3,000 sq. ft. @ $15/sq. ft.
  • 2nd Floor 
    • East – 1,860 sq.ft. @$15/sq. ft.
      • Includes 4 offices, conference room, reception and waiting area, storage room and file room.
      • Available now.
  • 4th Floor
    • 3000 sq. ft. @ $15/sq. ft.
  • 6th Floor
    • 3000 sq. ft. @ $15/sq. ft.
  • 10th Floor Suite 10E
    • 1,600 sq.ft. @ $15/sq. ft.

Please fill out our contact information form if you are interested in gathering more information about our available spaces.

Griest Building History

Since 1925, at fourteen stories, the W.W. Griest Building has served as a testament to the unique cultural facets of the early 20th century. Named in honor of William Walton Griest, elected Republican to the 61st United States Congress and ten succeeding Congresses and designed by Cassius Emlen Urban, renown Lancaster architect, W.W. Griest Building is visually prominent signature of Lancaster’s historical past and growing future.


Urban’s second major commission, W.W. Griest Building echoes both Neo-Renaissance and Beaux Arts themes. These motifs are most aptly apparent within the small decorative and intricate details and elaborate cornices contrasted against large vertical pillars, windows and columns. Perhaps the focal point of Urban’s design, the top of the building features a gray facade embellished with sophisticated trim pieces, arching cornices and decorated Corinthian-topped pilasters.


A prominent figure of the early 20th century, in addition to time served as Republican with U.S. House of Representatives, Griest was an adamant member of the Lancaster County School Board, holding his position for over 20 years. By 1886, Griest served as chief clerk in the county commissioner’s office. As a member of the State Tax Commission, Griest was instrumental in the revision of state tax revenue laws. During his Congressional period, Griest actively rallied for and endorsed construction of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922.

Today, W.W. Griest Building hosts a variety of business and offices. Ecklin Development purchased W.W. Griest Building in 1995.


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