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217 Elm Street

Oil City, PA 16301-1412


The Adam period of architecture in the United States was an extension of Colonial Georgian architecture, very English, and not usually built after the War of 1812. Examples in the Northern Pennsylvania Victorian Region are very late for the Adam period, quite scarce and of special interest.

A few examples were built just north of Warren. An interesting stone example can be found in Franklin at 1142 Elk Street (See left).

This stone house was built in 1843 by Edward Pearce, an early Franklin wagon maker and hotel operator. This house features a very regular mass and plan with a rigidly ranked arrangement of five windows symmetrically placed about the main door on the front facade. Note the windows are of the sash type with six small panes in each sash reflecting the window glass technology of the time. The classical features which give this house its particular Adam flavor are the carved stone columns of the entrance and the elliptical fan light over the door.

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