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Water Street Bindery - Lancaster, PA

Often called "The Little House'' was built ca. 1825. It is a 1-½ story three-bay brick Federal house. The home has one pedimented dormer with round arched upper sash, round arched entry and paneled shutters. This home is most likely built by Charles Stoes (Stoce) as part of a double house.

Today "The Little House" is occupied by Bookbinder Tony Haverstick. He has been in the business of antiquarian bookbinding and repair since 1970. Haverstick is the current owner of the Water Street Bindery, in Lancaster, PA.

On the outside, not much has changed in the last 170 years. Haverstick uses the same door latch and passes under the same arched doorway as German immigrant and bookbinder Charles Kraus did when he was the owner of the shop in the mid-19th century.

Haverstick specializes in the restoration of books that are 200 to 400 years old. He works in this building that is a 1-½ story brick building and the interior is 700 square feet. There are only a few hundred other craftspeople in the country who do what Haverstick does.

In 1950 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission installed a historical marker in front of the house. The marker pays tribute to the resilience and survival of this historic house, and all the early one-story houses in Lancaster City.

For more information on the bindery, visit them online at:

Located at: 28 N. Water Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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