The Tall Brick
The Historic York Inn /Smyser-Bair House Bed & Breakfast blends into the landscape of South Beaver Street until you turn to take a closer look. The tall, brick mansion stands four stories tall, decorated with tall windows and massive, carved doors. Above each window and door along the front and side of the house is a cast-iron adornment. These unique crowns were cast at the nearby Smyser foundry — another historic location in York. Blue-green shutters outline the 11 tall windows along the front façade of the house and match the ornately carved trim and double doors. You’ll note the historic decorative plaques on the front of the house from the National Register of Historic Places and the York Historic Walking Tour. And take a close look at the original, hand-crafted, old-style, carved-wood sign welcoming visitors to “The Smyser-Bair House Bed and Breakfast.” This sign, itself a part of the home’s history, was the very sign used by the King family, who operated the bed and breakfast from the late 1980s to the early 2000s.