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“Wheatland,”William Jenkins/James Buchanan House

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1828. 1120 Marietta Ave.

Ironmaster William Jenkins's late Federal-style country house has the hallmark scale of other iron industry houses that served as both residence and office. The delicate detail of the central block with fanlighted door and segmental-headed dormers looks back to the past, while the wings with their oversized central windows on the second story clearly look to Robert Mills's Philadelphia town houses of the previous decade. James Buchanan acquired the house in 1849 and lived here while he was president of nearby Franklin and Marshall College and then returned to it after his single term (1857–1861) as president of the United States. It is now a museum house.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Wheatland,”William Jenkins/James Buchanan House", [Lancaster, 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, 321-321.

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