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Victoria House (William Hartley House)

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William Hartley House
1872, with additions. 339 S. Richard St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

William Hartley, a successful farmer who invested successfully in Pennsylvania's oil fields, commissioned this excellent example of the Second Empire style in 1870, just as the railroad finally reached Bedford. The two-and-one-half-story house is made of brick plastered to a smooth finish, with window trim and corner quoins made of pine painted to resemble stone. The mansard roof has paired pedimented dormers and a short central tower with a trio of windows beneath cascading round arches. Cresting along the roof and small balconies in the central tower indicate an attention to detail. A full-facade, five-bay porch shelters the central entrance.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Victoria House (William Hartley House)", [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, 376-376.

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