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Annunciation Convent (August Heckscher House)
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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