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Baldwin-Reynolds House

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1841–1843, 1867. 639 Terrace St.
  • Baldwin-Reynolds House (HABS/Traub)

This large, yellow brick house was built as the second home of jurist Henry Baldwin, whose move to Pittsburgh from Philadelphia launched his career as a U.S. congressman (1816–1822). In 1830, President Andrew Jackson appointed Baldwin a justice of the Supreme Court, where he served until 1844. Said to be a copy of Jackson's home, “Hunter's Hill,” near Nashville, Baldwin's house has an open gallery on all four elevations and a hipped roof. The house was incomplete when Baldwin died penniless in 1844. In 1847, William Reynolds, a nephew of Baldwin's wife, bought the property. He renovated the house in 1866, changed the roof from hipped to mansard, added a walnut stairway, a library and a conservatory in enclosed portions of the gallery, and a first-story entrance on the west elevation. The house stayed in the Reynolds family until 1963, when the Crawford County Historical Society purchased it; the society operates it as a house museum.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Baldwin-Reynolds 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, 511-512.

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