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Henry Antes House

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1736, Henry Antes. Colonial Rd., 1.5 miles on left from PA 73, Upper Frederick
  • Henry Antes House (© George E. Thomas)

Antes was a German renaissance man whose early career included the design and supervision of the mills and buildings of Moravian Bethlehem. For his own rubble stone house, he continued building practices brought from Germany with a three-room plan (two small, one large) around a central chimney core. Small windows, placed to serve the internal spaces rather than to suit an exterior design, and the tall roof containing two stories lighted by tiny end windows are hallmarks of its roots in the cold climate of northern Europe. Antes established a Moravian school in the house that continued the nonsectarian values of William Penn. The local Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc., have begun a restoration because it is among the best preserved of the early German houses of the state and offers a clear commentary on German building practice.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Henry Antes House", [Perkiomenville, 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, 206-206.

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