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Joseph E. Hall House

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1848. 419 Main St.
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)

Lumberman Joseph E. Hall built his Greek Revival house on the hillside descending into Brookville and facing Main Street. The white frame house is dominated by a pedimented Ionic-columned portico that projects from the two-story central section. One-story wings have gable ends perpendicular to the street and are finished with pediments above simple pilaster strips. Brookville is about the farthest south in the commonwealth that this New England version of the Greek Revival exists. Caldwell's Atlas of Jefferson County of 1878 illustrates this as the “R. J. Nicholson Esq.” residence, and shows it before the porches with their wooden columns and simple balusters were added to the wings in 1881. The earlier porches were balconies with elaborate railings. An ice house and summer kitchen, both two stories and finished with board and batten, remain at the rear of the house.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Joseph E. Hall 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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