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Pardee Hall

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1871, John McArthur Jr.; 1879
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Professor Ario Pardee raised funds to build a Victorian Gothic structure to house his science department, but less than a decade after its completion the building burned. It was rebuilt in its original form in 1879, a Second Empire design in limestone, sandstone, and granite. Three floors and an attic in height, it terminates in a mansard roof punctuated with pedimented dormers and, in good Second Empire fashion, it ends in two defined pavilions while the center section rises to a heavily bracketed mansard. Pardee Hall burned again in 1897, losing its interiors although its stone walls survived. The fire was deliberately set by a professor angry that his contract was not to be renewed—his field: ethics and moral philosophy.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Pardee Hall", [Easton, 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, 267-267.

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