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Elias Ritts House

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1849. 203 Main St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Elias Ritts, originally from Berks County, came to Petersburg in 1836, and four years later began building and piloting flatboats on the Clarion River to ship iron to Pittsburgh. His handsome two-story stone house has the traditional five-bay arrangement and is of such substantial appearance and excellent integrity that it stands out in the community. The eaves are lined with dentils and have deep returns on the gable ends. The oversized windows have simple, elegant trim. The L-shaped footprint of the original stone portion is nearly squared by a large frame addition on the rear.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Elias Ritts House", [St. Petersburg, 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, 458-458.

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