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Standard Horse Nail Company Building

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c. 1886. 5th Ave., bounded by 14th and 15th sts.
  • Standard Horse Nail Company Building (Lu Donnelly)

The Standard Horse Nail factory, founded in 1872 by Charles M. Merrick across the Beaver River, moved to New Brighton in 1882. Noted for its innovations in the forging of horseshoe nails, the company remains in the Merrick family. Today, they sell cotter pins, machine keys, and special fasteners for automotive, farm equipment, and appliance manufacturers. The administration building's bold round-arched entrance surround shows the influence of H. H. Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse ( AL1). The company's name, incised in a stone band above the door, highlights the projecting gable on the facade of the hipped-roof, one-and-one-half-story structure. A series of one-story, gable-roofed brick manufacturing buildings with segmental-arched windows fills the block to the south. Despite some brick infill to the windows, the buildings retain their charm and striking attention to detail.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Standard Horse Nail Company Building", [New Brighton, 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, 145-145.

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