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Annunciation Convent (August Heckscher House)

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August Heckscher House
c. 1875. 229 W. Cherry St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Shenandoah's built environment is the product of an economic monoculture: it was a city of miners and the merchants who served them. Unlike Pottsville and Wilkes-Barre there is no “Coal Baron's Row.” This Second Empire mansion of Kohinoor Colliery owner August Heckscher is a striking exception and a reminder that, before the consolidation of mine ownership under the Philadelphia and Reading Company, individual entrepreneurs played a role in the development of Schuylkill County's coalfields. Within thirty years, Heckscher went from German immigrant to New York City multimillionaire and patron of the arts.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Annunciation Convent (August Heckscher House)", [Shenandoah, 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, 451-451.

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