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David Phillips Sr. House

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1888. 176 Congress St.

This riotously elaborate frame Queen Anne house reflects the financial exuberance of those who profited from the first oil strikes near Bradford. While its architect is unknown, the house resembles a design by George Franklin Barber of Knoxville, Tennessee, who sold architectural plans by mail. There are more than a dozen known Barber houses in western Pennsylvania, and probably many more that have never been documented. This house retains most of its original details, including a circular balcony covered by a conical tower, ridgeline cresting, a horseshoe-shaped window in the front gable, and a patterned chimney.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "David Phillips Sr. House", [Bradford, 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, 417-417.

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