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Fendrick Library (Robert Parker House)

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Robert Parker House
1788. 20 N. Main St.

The largest of Mercersburg's early houses was built for Robert Parker, a Revolutionary War veteran whose appointment as collector of excise for Franklin County brought him to Mercersburg, then on the principal east–west road between Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Built of local limestone with jack arches over the windows flanking a central transomed door, his house could have been built anywhere from Lancaster to the mountains. With handsome carved mantels and turned balusters for the stair it epitomized the contemporary taste as Georgian gave way to the Federal style.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Fendrick Library (Robert Parker House)", [Mercersburg, 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, 385-385.

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