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“Terracina,” Isabella and Charles Huston House

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1848. 76 S. 1st Ave.

The Lukens business stayed in the family when Rebecca Lukens's daughter Isabella married Charles Huston and was given a separate house adjacent to Brandywine Mansion ( CH26). It is a handsome Gothic Revival villa with a central wall gable framed with carved vergeboards and lighted by lancet windows with diamond-pane sash that show the influence of A. J. Downing's The Architecture of Country Houses (1850) even though this was scarcely the bucolic setting that Downing imagined. Elegant porches carried on iron columns contrast with the houses of the workers (who probably made the columns) and make absolutely clear the hierarchy of the mill. From its cast-plaster-ornamented ceilings to its chandelier by Cornelius of Philadelphia in the library, it was every bit the contemporary mansion and denoted by its fashion its connection to the urban center. Charles Huston played an important role in modernizing the steel industry, undertaking metallurgical research, establishing national standards (in line with the interests of the Pennsylvania Railroad), and providing for the welfare of factory workers.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Terracina,” Isabella and Charles Huston House", [Coatesville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 251-251.

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