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James Ford House

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1831, Stephen Potter; 1916, 1920 additions. 14 Cowanesque St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The earliest and best-preserved of Lawrenceville's Federal-style houses is this one, built for James Ford, who moved to the area in 1816 from New Jersey. He became a lumber baron during the town's lumber boom before the Civil War and served two terms (1829–1833) in the U.S. Congress as a Jacksonian Democrat. Ford's two-story house, reputedly the second brick dwelling in Tioga County, is a late expression of the Federal style. Behind the tetrastyle Greek Ionic porch (possibly added after 1831), the door has a delicate elliptical fanlight and sidelights, and six-over-six sash windows have lintels with carved ellipses and sunbursts. The stepped gable screen (a chimney screen) on the east facade is similar to those on the county courthouse ( TI5). The side-hall plan originally opened onto sitting rooms, with the detached kitchen at the rear of the house. Stephen Potter built another house similar to the Ford house, the Tubbs House (1829) in Osceola.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "James Ford House", [Lawrenceville, 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, 561-561.

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