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Thomas Reilly House

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1891–1892, Furness, Evans and Co. 1894 S. Rittenhouse Sq.

This is the sole survivor of at least six important domestic commissions on the square by Furness's various offices. Despite the shift to limestone from his heretofore customary red brick, this small house betrays its authorship in the quirky railing of bird feet and wings (the torsos presumably having been eaten by the occupants). Other elements in the Furness manner are the overscaled voussoirs of the third-floor arch, suspended above a luxuriant panel of carved ivy, and the oddly contorted classical references of the cornice.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Thomas Reilly House", [Philadelphia, 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, 100-100.

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