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c. 1910–1955, John Henry Craner. 300, 700, 790, 1030, and 1050 River Rd.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This is an important collection of early-twentieth-century residential designs in an extraordinary setting overlooking the Ohio River. Designed by local architect John Henry Craner (1872–1955), the houses emphasize the texture and color of the shingles and bricks, the medieval half timbering, and leaded glass windows. Craner trained in the offices of Longfellow, Alden and Harlow in Pittsburgh before returning to his birthplace to open his own firm c. 1910. The large and small Tudor Revival houses he designed are characterized by steeply sloped roofs and irregular rooflines. Examples of his work are dotted throughout the borough, but are best seen here.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Residential District", [Beaver, 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, 136-136.

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