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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.

Writing Credits

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—,

Print Source

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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