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L. S. Smith Cottage

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1879. Laporte Ave. at Allegheny Ave.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

This sprawling three-story Queen Anne house with shingled walls and Georgian Revival details is a fine local expression of picturesque eclecticism. The house rises from a massive, moatlike coursed rubble base that forms the foundation for the columned porch sweeping around three sides. Bays and towers and gables appear to push and tug at the walls and roofline. A rounded bay bulges at the front corner, a semi-octagonal turret pushes through the roof, and large gables with squat Palladian windows project from the walls. Built during the initial efforts to develop a resort here, the house incorporates in its rear an 1803 boardinghouse for employees of the Lewis glassworks. Despite its size, the house is considered a cottage because it was not built for year-round occupancy.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "L. S. Smith Cottage", [Eagles Mere, 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, 558-558.

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