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Common School

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1859. 322 S. Juliana St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The common school was built in 1859 to consolidate many of the one-room schools then operating in the borough. It is a large brick structure of two stories, with a central gable-roofed core linking three large hipped-roof wings, each with a pedimented wall dormer ornamented with a circular vent. The school is unusual for the amount of original fabric remaining, such as sawn trim on two facade porches, original six-over-six windows, and round-arched windows in the upper story of the central pavilion. Sited on a large lawn in the residential section of Bedford, the former school now houses the National Museum of the American Coverlet on the first story, and offices on the second.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Common School", [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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