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Harmonist Houses

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c. 1874. 1602 6th Ave. and 1314 3rd Ave.

These two simple, stone houses on 6th Avenue ( BE28.1) and 3rd Avenue ( BE28.2) were built for workers in local industries. They are visual reminders of the important part played by the Harmonists in the early development of Beaver Falls's industries, religious buildings, education, and housing. By 1859, the Harmonists held several large mortgages in the town, which they supplemented with purchases at sheriff's sales. In 1866, they owned so much of the town that they ordered a new survey, laid out a series of lots, and renamed it Beaver Falls. The small, two-story houses occupy narrow town lots, with their bracket-lined gable ends facing the street. A window and door on the first story and a single window centered under the gable on the second are the only fenestration. Later alterations, including porches, cannot hide the thick stone walls that identify these residences.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Harmonist Houses", [Beaver Falls, 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, 151-151.

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