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Buck Hill Falls Inn

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1901–1925, Bunting and Shrigley; with additions. Golf Rd., off PA 390, 1 mile north of Mountainhome

Buck Hill Falls resort is announced by a pair of stupendously rugged stone gateposts that frame the road to the central inn. The resort had its start when Philadelphia Quaker Samuel Griscom built a small inn of some twenty rooms with no private baths. Its splendid site and cool temperatures attracted other Philadelphians who formed a summer colony. Bunting and Shrigley were the architects of the principal building that continued to expand until the Great Depression and then again into the 1970s. The hotel merges the scale of the boardwalk hotels with the proportions of Colonial Revival overlaid by the rustic materials of Shingle Style to embody the retreat sensibility that characterized most of the Quaker resorts. The main complex is now a rotting ruin, derelict since the early 1990s and with roofs of stables broken through.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Buck Hill Falls Inn", [Cresco, 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, 522-522.

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