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Bradford County Historical Society (Bradford County Jail)

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Bradford County Jail
1871–1873, Avery Frink; William H. Morgan, engineer. 109 Pine St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Evidence of regional linkage is the presence of Montrose builder-architect Avery Frink, who used large blocks of rock-faced stone (from nearby Mill Stone Creek) and a round battlemented ventilation tower to give the jail a fortresslike Gothic appearance, not unlike that of John Haviland's design for Eastern State Penitentiary ( PH126), begun half a century earlier. The sheriff and his family lived in the front portion, with large sash windows; the two floors of jail cells were in the rear, with small horizontal windows. The tower was removed in the early 1950s and the jail was vacated in 1991; since 2002 it has been the home of the Bradford County Historical Society.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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