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House (Dr. Holbert J. and Beatrice Nixon House)
Although from the street this house appears to be a one-story ranch house, it is one-and-one-half stories in height in the living room. There an east-facing window wall takes advantage of a magnificent view of Chestnut Ridge. The shallow gabled roof soars out over these windows, as does the roof on the north elevation, where it shelters a patio that overlooks the landscaped yard. The interior is distinguished by its linearity and detailing, including solid wood doors with stainless steel doorknobs, built-in furniture, and radiant heat in the floors. The house was designed by “Hap” Altman for his in-laws.
Many of the handsome post–World War II houses in Uniontown were designed by the Altman firm. H. Wesley “Hap” Altman Jr. (1916–1994) began practicing with his father, Harry W. Altman, in 1946. Both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Harry c. 1908 and Hap in 1940. Harry trained with Wallace Frost and Albert Kahn, and opened his Uniontown practice in 1909, where he designed the Central High School (1916; Church and Gallatin streets). The firm's third generation is Hap's son, Mark Nixon Altman,
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