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“Pottsgrove,” John Potts House

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1752–1754; 1941–1952, G. Edwin Brumbaugh. 100 W. King St.
  • "Pottsgrove," John Potts House (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • "Pottsgrove," John Potts House (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • (Richard W. Longstreth)

The home of Pottstown's founder stands on four acres (of the original more than nine-hundred-acre plantation) on the banks of Manatawny Creek above the flood line of the Schuylkill. Potts's house has the look of a Germantown Avenue mansion with dressed brownstone on the front and rubble stone on the sides and rear, and a pent eave across the main facade above the square-headed door. The Georgian proportions and facade are continued inside with a broad center hall flanked by large rooms with corner fireplaces that recall German building patterns. Greek Revival elements, added in the 1830s, were systematically removed in the 1941 restoration initiated by Brumbaugh. The house is now preserved as a house museum.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Pottsgrove,” John Potts House", [Pottstown, 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, 205-205.

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