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Rainsburg Seminary (Allegheny Male and Female Seminary)

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Allegheny Male and Female Seminary
1853, Solomon Filler. 730 Main Street (PA 326) at Seminary St. SE

Reminiscent of the Bedford County Courthouse ( BD1), the Rainsburg Seminary employs a similar pedimented gable end with fanlight and cupola above. But in contrast to the columned two-story portico of the courthouse and in keeping with the rural village setting, a one-story full-facade porch shelters the seminary's entrance. The window in the central bay of the second story, with fourpane surrounds, varies from the rest of the double-sash, six-over-six windows. A simple, handsome building set well back from Main Street, the seminary was a teacher's college until the Civil War, and later became the lodge for the International Order of Odd Fellows (No. 777), but is empty as of 2007. The interior features a broad central staircase made of solid oak, which reaches to the small octagonal louvered belfry. Solomon Filler's ancestors settled in Friends Cove in 1792, migrating from Maryland.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Rainsburg Seminary (Allegheny Male and Female Seminary)", [Bedford, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-BD18.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 382-382.

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