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Saron

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1742–1743
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Bethania (demolished)

The Saron originally housed both men and women, but was reserved for women when the Bethania or Brothers’ House was built three years later. It was on a slightly smaller footprint and its second story was set in from the lower story; it was demolished in 1908. The Saron is entered by a narrow corridor that leads to a central hall with a pair of enormous fireplaces and a corner winder stair. It was conceived as an immense German house with a central common room comparable to the “Küche” or living hall and smaller sleeping rooms on each floor, a division that is evident by the off-center placement of the southfacing entrance. A third floor of similar plan is within the volume of the roof above and is a large single loft.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Saron", [Ephrata, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-LA34.2.

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, 328-328.

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