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Sisters’ House (Single Brothers’ House)

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Single Brothers’ House
1744, 1752, 1773. 46 W. Church St.
  • Sisters' House (Single Brothers' House)

Built for the accommodation of single men, the Sisters’ House was originally a small two-story stone structure, built without kitchens and lacking a basement (and thus sitting lower than its later additions). It became the Sisters’ House in 1748 when the men moved into the newly built Second Single Brothers’ House ( NO22.5). A northern wing was added in 1752, providing a larger dining room, new dormitory, and eventually a chapel. Set at a right angle to the original building, the addition repeats its rubble masonry and segmental brick arches. A second addition followed in 1773, this time to the east along W. Church Street. This last addition is raised above the street on a full basement, above which is a simple water table, the first time that architectural detail appeared in Moravian building at Bethlehem.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Sisters’ House (Single Brothers’ House)", [Bethlehem, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-NO22.1.

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, 273-273.

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