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Woman's Club of Altoona (Allegheny Furnace)

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Allegheny Furnace
1811; 1837 office-storehouse; 1939 furnace restored. 3400 Crescent Rd.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The stone, pyramidal, iron furnace in the backyard of what was Elias Baker's stone office-storehouse, approximately one-tenth of a mile from Baker's mansion ( BL19), is now surrounded by suburban houses and yards, making it a most unusual lawn ornament. When built, the furnace was adjacent to Mill Run, which supplied the power to turn the bellows. The other plantation buildings, such as workers' housing, and barns have been demolished. The three-bay, gable-roofed office building has rudimentary corner quoins and an exceptionally long lintel over the entrance.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Woman's Club of Altoona (Allegheny Furnace)", [Altoona, 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, 331-332.

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