willow valley communities

Willow Valley Communities, a premier 55-plus community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has an almost 40-year tradition of excellence in senior living. Residents from 40 states have moved to Willow Valley Communities and enjoy an extraordinary lifestyle with hospitality and service as its cornerstone. Resort-style amenities, hundreds of clubs, classes, and world-class performances, with twelve unique culinary venues, provide a seemingly endless array of options for residents to experience the organization’s philosophy on senior living, Life Lived Forward. The Plaza at Manor offers a diverse range of culinary options to satisfy every palate and every mood. It is located at the main entrance of Willow Valley Communities’ first residence community, Manor. Constructed in 1984, Manor is now completely reimagined. The roof was raised to create an additional third floor for relocation of the library, mail room, and fitness center. The abundance of natural light that now flows into the open lobby inspired Willow Valley Communities to design additional intentional gathering spaces for residents to further engage, converse and connect.

Lancaster, PA
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
31,000 SF

Exterior Before | After

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
Richard F. Mulá Architects
Interior Design Firm:
RLPS Architects
CCS Building Group

Lobby Before | After

The low ceiling of the previous Manor lobby created a feeling of being closed in. Raising the roof of the lobby at the Plaza at Manor creates three open floors, resulting in a light and open atmosphere for residents to enjoy.

The temperate California climate also encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, inspiring our members to enjoy
outdoor dining and lounging next to the fireplace in our courtyard.

The Manor Library Before | After

The previous dark, heavy, and closed-off library in the Manor lobby. The Manor Library moved to the third floor, overlooking the open, light-filled lobby of the redesigned Plaza at Manor.

Designed to offer each member an elevated and engaged life, including the Elegant Palmer Library and Lobby.

Gathering Space Before | After

The uninviting fireplace gathering space off the past Manor lobby created a stuffy, old atmosphere. The new fireplace gathering space in the lobby at the Plaza at Manor is fresh, modern, and welcoming.