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George M. Roueche House

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1892, George F. Barber. 762 Park Ave.
  • (Michelle Krone)
  • George M. Roueche House (Lu Donnelly)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This elaborate Queen Anne house for merchant George Roueche features a picture window piercing the chimney stack on the facade, a convex-roofed tower, and a wide variety of porches and window shapes. Its appearance is so idiosyncratic that it is difficult to believe that similar houses exist in nearby Saegertown (352 Euclid Avenue) and in many of the nation's states. Such houses are the product of architect and marketing genius George F. Barber, whose architectural plans were sold through popular magazines such as Harper's Weekly. Clients would hire their own local contractors to build the designs, often making minor changes. This house was reversed from the published design to have the porch face the side street on the right. The house next door at 764 Park Avenue has some Barberesque detailing, while houses at 494 Chestnut and 865 Grove streets are documented Barber designs.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "George M. Roueche House", [Meadville, 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, 511-511.

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