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Bellefonte Museum (General Philip Benner–Henry Linn House)

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General Philip Benner–Henry Linn House
1810, attributed to Samuel Wetzel. 133 N. Allegheny St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Commissioned by Revolutionary War general Philip Benner, this house was built as a rental property and owned by various members of the Benner family until 1954. The name Linn became attached to the house when Benner's granddaughter Mary Wilson married John Blair Linn, and they lived in the house for seventy-six years, until 1907. Built of coursed limestone, the two-and-one-half-story house is three bays wide. The delicacy of the broken pediment on slender pilasters at the entrance is typical of the Federal style. An elegant fanlight over the door, surrounded by restrained molding, is echoed in the two dormer windows. A two-story rear ell, also made of limestone, was constructed after the Civil War. The house is occupied by the Bellefonte Museum.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Bellefonte Museum (General Philip Benner–Henry Linn House)", [Bellefonte, 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, 341-342.

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