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David Bradford House

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1788. 175 S. Main St.

Washington's two finest early stone houses ( WS6) were built twenty-four years apart, but within a block of each other. They form the core of Washington's historic district, and illustrate the growing stylistic sophistication of the trans-Appalachian territory after the American Revolution. This house is typical of its period and many other houses throughout western Pennsylvania, with its four bays and side-hall plan with two rooms per story. While such houses are often of sandstone, the Bradford House is unusual for its limestone exterior. This early house has an elegant mahogany staircase and finely crafted interior cabinetry, yet it does not approach the styling seen in the later Le-Moyne house. But by 1812, when the Le-Moyne was built, what was once frontier had become a landscape of permanent settlement. The Bradford house's facade was restored c. 1936 from its storefront configuration to its present appearance by Charles M. Stotz. David Bradford is best known for his support of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "David Bradford House", [Washington, 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, 281-281.

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