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Our history

1913 | Built by the renowned architect, C. Emlen Urban.

1914 | Housed Jacob G. Shirk and Sons cigar manufacturing, wholesale, and warehouse operations.

1916 – 1987 | Purchased by Robert Keppel & Brother Company, Inc. Leading area chocolatier for over 70 years.

1987 – 2014 | Artist studio, retail, and commercial space including The Candy Factory, Lancaster’s premier coworking space.

2016 | Purchased by Zamagias Properties.

Our future

Zamagias Properties is proud to introduce The Keppel Building. Centered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s vibrant urban core, the building will offer fresh rental apartments and unique commercial opportunities. Here, form and function collide to create an unparalleled living experience. Dressed in gorgeous Beaux-Arts motifs, The Keppel Building pairs thoughtful, modern uptown design with delightful elegance. From soaring loft-style ceilings to chic mid-century detailing, our community features the finest in property enhancement. Discover all that city life has to offer with The Keppel Building. For over a decade, Zamagias Properties has specialized in rehabbing existing properties and converting them to modernized mix-use projects. This will be their second Lancaster City project.