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Herdic House Restaurant (Peter Herdic House)

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Peter Herdic House
1855–1856, Eber Culver. 407 W. 4th St.

Trained as a draftsman by an Auburn, New York, builder-architect, Culver caught Gold Fever in 1849 and moved to California. He found no gold but discovered he could make a living in the building trades. He returned home and after gaining building experience in Elmira, New York, he moved his family to Williamsport. Peter Herdic's Italianate villa was one of his first commissions. The house's symmetry reveals Culver's training in classical styles, but it also shows that he was sufficiently facile with Italianate details—here a belvedere, a roof with deep eaves supported on paired brackets, hood molds, and candelabra-shaped porch columns. The house was wrapped in a 1950s frame base after World War II, then in the early 1980s its exterior and luxurious interior were so well restored that Preservation Pennsylvania in 1984 gave the project an outstanding preservation award. Today it is a three-star restaurant.

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George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Herdic House Restaurant (Peter Herdic House)", [Williamsport, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-LY16.

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, 574-575.

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