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George Metzger House

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1909. 100 W. 5th St.

Lumberman George Metzger embodied the unbridled capitalism and entrepreneurial spirit of his era. He was an optometrist, owned a jewelry store and a brickyard, and was instrumental in bringing telephone service to the city. He moved the house (since razed) already on this site to the rear of the property to build this house of mud-colored cinder blocks made by his company. Red shingles cover the roofs of both intersecting gables and the conical roof of the large round tower. The deep eaves of the gable ends project over the lower stories, and a one-story porch wraps around two elevations.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "George Metzger House", [Emporium, 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, 436-436.

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