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  • Ephrata Cloister (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Bethania (demolished) (HABS)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

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.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Saron", [Ephrata, 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, 328-328.

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