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Cupola Houses

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c. 1870. 341 Main St. and 116 and 131 Meyers Ave.

A group of Meyersdale houses—related either by builder or designer—have square cupolas crowning their roofs. The three-bay frame house at 341 Main Street is similar to those found in Samuel Sloan's pattern books of the 1850s in its four-over-four plan, roof brackets, arched window surrounds, and the cupola itself. The house at 131 Meyers Avenue is comparable, although altered. At 116 Meyers Avenue, the house has a cross-gable roof, but, like the other two houses, its cupola has three windows on each of its sides. Similar clusters of these cupola houses survive in Venango and Erie counties.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Cupola Houses", [Meyersdale, 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, 396-396.

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