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Instead of candles, York County will celebrate its 270th birthday with a more extravagant light display.

The three Florentine domes atop the old ceremonial courthouse, now the county administration building, will be lit up at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, to cap off the celebration of the county's birthday.

"They’re beautiful and striking and memorable and one of the most iconic things you’ll see in downtown York," said Andrew Staub of Downtown Inc. "It’ll be even better to see those illuminated at night, as well."

The lights will remain a permanent fixture.

Private contributions funded the $70,000 project, with support from the Warehime Foundation, the Powder Mill Foundation, the York County Bar Foundation, the George and Josephine Schmidt Memorial Fund of the York County Community Foundation and the York County Community Foundation.

ASCOM Electric installed the lighting, and York-based visual marketing agency abSketches created the renderings of the project.

"Downtown Inc really was excited to see the momentum that kind of coalesced around this project," Staub said. "Once we had partners who wanted to light up the domes and search for funding, it really just fell into place naturally."

The city's historic architecture is difficult to see at night, he said, so having the domes illuminated will allow folks who are downtown having dinner or attending a performance at the Appell Center to enjoy the skyline after dark.

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Downtown Inc's past lighting projects include illuminating the facade of the Rupp Building, 2 W. Market St., and the Northwestern Mutual building, 1 S. George St.

"The county's turning 270 years old, and this will be the culmination of a whole day’s activity," said Commissioner Susan Byrnes. "We are thrilled with all the people that have come forward to help pay for these lights and illuminate these gorgeous domes."

During the day on Aug. 19, the administrative building will be open to the public for free self-guided tours every half-hour from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants should sign up online to reserve a spot.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that all tours of the county administrative building will be self-guided.

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