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James Cochran House

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1890. Main St. at Railroad St.

James Cochran's two-and-one-half-story, frame Queen Anne house dominates the streetscape of tiny Dawson. The house has multiple turrets, porches, a horseshoe-shaped recessed porch hood, and faceted chimneys. Surrounded by workers' houses, the building reflects the philosophy that the owner should live near the works. James and his son Philip G. Cochran owned the nearby Washington and New Florence mines and the Jimtown and Clarissa coke works. The borough benefited from, or at least witnessed, the success of their endeavors in the fairgrounds, the United Methodist Church ( FA21), and the manager's houses, all built from Cochran family largesse. The former First National Bank (1897; 200–206 Main Street) housed the offices of Cochran's Washington Coal and Coke companies. Its gabled wall dormers, reminiscent of the Cochran house, rhythmically culminate in a rounded turret at the corner entrance.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "James Cochran House", [Dawson, 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, 250-250.

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