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Annunciation Convent (August Heckscher House)

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August Heckscher House
c. 1875. 229 W. Cherry St.

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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-SC23.

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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