Just what the Dr. Otto’d

By on November 20, 2018

First apothecary in county currently under renovations

A multi-use space is slated to open later this month at 79 E. Main St. in downtown Lititz.

Once completed, “Otto 79” which combines the history of the building with the address in the name, will be the third such project for Steve and Jennifer Young. The pair oversees Domain Lancaster, ­ a collection of fully renovated, historically significant buildings throughout Lancaster County.

Once completed, “Otto 79” which combines the history of the building with the address in the name, will be the third project for Steve and Jennifer Young. The pair oversees Domain Lancaster – a collection of fully renovated, historically significant buildings throughout Lancaster County.

“We are excited to add Otto 79 as the third building in our group of co-working spaces, which include Warehouse210 in Downtown Lancaster and State & Main in East Petersburg,” Jennifer said. “These three buildings in the Domain Lancaster umbrella are home to a creative and diverse group of entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, designers, artists and non-profits whose work is making a difference locally and globally.”

“We believe we have a duty to protect old historic buildings and honor their history,” she added. “The finished product will be a hub of 17 different small businesses working together and supporting the local business community of Lititz.”

“We have always had a passion for real estate and small business,” she added. Eventually, those two worlds intersected for the pair, and they were able to step into the world of collaborative workspaces.

Originally erected in the 1750s, the historic structure in Lititz served as the home for Dr. Frederick Otto, as well as the county’s first apothecary. An early Moravian diary states that in 1760, the Moravian congregation requested that Otto relocate to Lititz from Bethlehem to be the congregational physician. After serving in this role for several years, Otto would once again return to Bethlehem in 1763.

A May, 1972 view of the structure

The Youngs’ goal was to recapture the character of the building while adding modern conveniences. Recent renovations to the building include exposing the original interior stone walls and repairing the hardwood flooring. The structure also received a new HVAC system; electrical updates and ADA bathrooms, all in the process of also being careful to preserve the history and integrity of the old building.

“It was important to expose the original interior stonewalls and repair the hardwood flooring,” Young said. “Our goal was to recapture the character of the building while adding modern conveniences.” She stated that their buildings offer private office space as well as the amenities needed for a business to succeed including a shared space, copiers and printers, conference room, Wi-Fi and utilities.

Interested parties may reach out to Steve Young at steve@domainlancaster.com or call 717-587-7552.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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