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Joseph Chambers House (Horatio Gates House)

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Horatio Gates House
1751; 1965, G. Edwin Brumbaugh. 157 W. Market St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The clash of cultures that characterizes eastern Pennsylvania is again evident in the neighboring building to the German tavern ( YO2) with its English masonry and Georgian detail, and surprising pent eave across the middle of the facade. The house gained notoriety in 1778 when it was the residence of General Horatio Gates, fresh from his triumph at Saratoga, who led the intrigue intended to replace George Washington as the head of the American armies with Gates himself. At a dinner here the Marquis de Lafayette's toast to “Our Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington,” precipitated the collapse of the Conway Cabal.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Joseph Chambers House (Horatio Gates House)", [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, 355-355.

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