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Howell Lewis Shay House

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1926, Ritter and Shay. Possum Hollow and Rose Valley rds.

In the early twentieth century, William L. Price trended away from history, but Philadelphia's arguably most successful architect of the 1920s, Howell Lewis Shay, designed a medieval manor house for himself that missed most of the points of Rose Valley, running counter to the prevailing simplicity as well as ignoring its local palette. Nonetheless, the house is wonderful—a glistening pile of schist interspersed with brick and crowned by a Cotswold-thick slate roof. Shay's tenure was short-lived as the Great Depression slowed his firm's work and the house was soon sold.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Howell Lewis Shay House", [Rose Valley, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-DE26.5.

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, 227-227.

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