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Smith's Iron Hall

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1861. 3 N. Main St.

This three-story Renaissance Revival commercial building has a rare, fully cast-iron facade. Because of its corner location, the ironwork and arched windows continue for one bay onto the south elevation. The facade is reminiscent of a Venetian palazzo with its large, paired, round- and flat-arched windows that are separated by paired, fluted Corinthian columns. On the third floor, they illuminate a ceremonial meeting space. Owner William Smith was born in western Pennsylvania in 1800, but spent time in the early 1820s in Philadelphia before returning to Washington County to open a general store. A smaller, two-story, cast-iron-fronted commercial building at 14–16 N. Main Street has similar detailing.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Smith's Iron Hall", [Washington, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-WS3.

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, 279-279.

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