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c. 1870, 2001. 153 E. Harmony Rd.

West Grove's meetinghouse marks the continuing evolution of the building type, returning here to a single room without the operable partition that had been typical since the mid-eighteenth century. Like other buildings in the town, it is of Philadelphia hard-pressed brick with a slightly projecting entrance bay and is surrounded with a porch carried on Victorian brackets, and economical iron pipes that presumably replace wood posts. The porch shades the building and encouraged conversation, marking by its presence the role of the meeting as a center of community. The gargantuan colonial-styled 2001 addition to the west marks the limits and failures of compatibility as practiced by historical preservationists.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Meetinghouse", [West Grove, 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, 241-241.

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