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John Rex House

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c. 1874. 1565 PA 188, 0.8 miles northeast of Jefferson

This is an excellent example of a pattern book house built in the cottage style as promulgated by Andrew Jackson Downing between 1840 and the 1880s. Originally, the five-bay, one-and-one-half-story house was T shaped in plan, but additions at the rear have expanded it. The house has a single-story porch with bracketed eaves and post supports, and above it, a tall central gabled dormer trimmed with sawn ornament. The first building on the property was the c. 1865 summer kitchen, which today houses an office. The smokehouse, barn, and carriage house, all clad in vertical wood siding, were built c. 1874. The house is at the center of a 115-acre farm set in rolling hills and woods that adjoin the South Fork of Tenmile Creek.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "John Rex House", [Jefferson, 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, 274-274.

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