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Charles Kaufman Store and House

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c. 1874. 600 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

This property is emblematic of one Jewish family's contribution to a small western Pennsylvania town. When Charles Kaufman settled in Clarion in 1853, it was a town in its adolescence. He built a thriving mercantile business and became very active in Clarion's civic affairs. In 1865, he purchased a fourroom house at the center of this building. By late 1874, he had built this five-bay, brick two-story store facing Main Street, with living space above for his wife and eight children. It is a straightforward storefront with little of the gingerbread trim popular in the 1870s. The gable-roofed rear portion extends for eight bays. The building is maintained by a granddaughter, who continues the family's sense of civic duty.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Charles Kaufman Store and House", [Clarion, 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, 453-453.

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