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Smethport Historical Society (Sheriff's House and Jail)

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Sheriff's House and Jail
1870. 502 W. King St.

McKean County's former jail resembles an Italianate house of the period, a role it partially served since the sheriff lived there. This “house,” however, is distinguished from other Italianate houses by the large, two-story, stone cell block pierced by narrow windows, attached behind it. The main entrance to the house is set within a triple-arched two-story projecting bay. A two-story brick wing to the east continues the arched corbeling on the front cornice. Attached to this wing is a small one-story pyramidal-roofed structure that originally housed the juvenile cells. Stone corner quoins on the jail are echoed on the courthouse, stylistically linking Smethport's two public buildings.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Smethport Historical Society (Sheriff's House and Jail)", [Smethport, 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, 413-413.

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