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Brownsville Heritage Visitor Center and Frank L. Melega Art Museum (Flatiron Building)

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Flatiron Building
c. 1835; 1903; 1990 renovated, Albert L. Filoni for MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni. 69 Market St.

When built on this triangular sloping site, the Flatiron Building housed Brownsville's first post office and library. The three-story building constructed of Flemish bond brickwork has the round-ended shape of an eighteenth-century clothing press iron. An addition was made to the east end of the building c. 1903. Its position on the National Road made it a popular office space. In 1990, the building was donated to a nonprofit group and became the Heritage Visitor Center, with a 1,500-square-foot museum on National Road topics.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Brownsville Heritage Visitor Center and Frank L. Melega Art Museum (Flatiron Building)", [Brownsville, 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, 246-246.

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