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President's House

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1869, Edward T. Potter

As the centerpiece of his campus plan, Potter envisioned rows of professors’ houses aligned to either side of Packer Hall, stepping down the slope toward the river, a Victorian echo of Thomas Jefferson's “academic village” at the University of Virginia. Few were built, however, and only the President's House survives. Built of fieldstone and capped by a stately mansard, it is a diminutive version of Packer Hall. The north-facing porch and frame wings are later additions.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "President's House", [Bethlehem, 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, 286-286.

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