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Beck House

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c. 1773 rear wing; 1796. 62 N. Front St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

A unique blend of urban fashion and folk masonry, this side-hall town house was enlarged in 1796 (datestone) by County Register and Recorder Jeremiah Simpson, who incorporated one of Sunbury's first houses behind a front addition in an updated Federal style with a fanlight entrance, carved and dentiled cornice, and keystone lintels over the two-over-two windows. The masonry, however, is the work of an imaginative builder. Oversized fieldstones cut into circles and diamonds ornament the facades, forming a raised patterned stringcourse between the two stories with a decorative vertical band running down the center of the gable ends.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Beck House", [Sunbury, 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, 398-398.

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