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Edward Brooke House

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1888. Furness, Evans and Co. 301 Washington St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Frank Furness's house for ironmaster Edward Brooke is a rare venture for the architect into the materials and textures of the Shingle Style but displays his characteristic attention to representation of function over the usual emphasis on the volume. The great exterior feature is the front porch that connects to the entrance porte-cochere and from which are views of the adjacent industrial valley. The interior of the house is remarkable for its fireplaces that are ornamented with iron from the Brooke mills. The house now is a bed-and-breakfast.

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George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Edward Brooke House", [Birdsboro, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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