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Friends Meetinghouse

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1766, William Willis, mason; 1783. 135 W. Philadelphia St.

The meetinghouse had its beginnings as the conventional one-room building of early Quaker design, but within a decade a growing community required the west addition, perhaps to keep up with the new fashion of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Its mason, Willis, had constructed the brick courthouse in Center Square a decade earlier. Significantly, this building follows the Chester County norm of a one-story meeting, rather than the more monumental two-story mode of the Bucks County buildings.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Friends Meetinghouse", [York, 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, 359-359.

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