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George VanVliet House

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1861–1865. 271 Church St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Since 1842, local carpenters had been copying the designs in the pattern books of Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis. This cottage with its board-and-batten siding, front porch, and decorative bargeboards is a fine example of the type of house they thought appropriate for a wooded site in a rural town. The house is interesting for its survival and for the longevity of the design's popularity. It perches above the town, but is oriented away from it.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "George VanVliet House", [Brookville, 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, 464-464.

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