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Norman Village, Klein Immergrun

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1920, Dana and Murphy, Charles Well ford Leavitt Jr., landscape architect. 439 Brick Rd.
  • Norman Village, Klein Immergrun
  • Norman Village, Klein Immergrun

Charles Schwab, an uneasy combination of small-town boy and wealthy industrialist, asked his New York City architects Dana and Murphy to design a mansion and a farm in the village of Loretto. The farm, called the Norman Village, is located southeast of the mansion on rolling hills cascading away from the ridge. Five ivy-covered buildings completed in 1920, with stuccoed walls and steeply pitched, slate-covered pointed roofs, comprised a working farm where pigs, sheep, and horses were raised. The sculpted landscape design was conceived by Charles Wellford Leavitt Jr., whose varied career included designing estates for the Whitney and Jewett families, and working closely with Schwab on the design of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The farm buildings enclose a courtyard on a hillside, with the smoke house, butcher shop, carriage house, and forge on the upper level, and a piggery and sheepfold at the base of the slope. Today, the complex is the summer estate for a local architect-engineer who has designed a cottage as his art studio on the hillside overlooking the farm complex. His extensive family enjoys the five-bedroom house, swimming pool, and several golf holes. Schwab, who took up golf in 1915, commissioned eminent golf course architect Donald J. Ross (1872–1948) to design a ninehole golf course south of the former farm. Immergrun Golf Course is owned and maintained by St. Francis University and open to the public. The farm and the town of Loretto were serviced by the 1.5-million-gallon reservoir dressed as a stone medieval tower on the hillside east of Klein Immergrun.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Norman Village, Klein Immergrun", [Loretto, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-CA7.

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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, 305-305.

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