East Brady sits on a tongue of land outlined by the Allegheny River in the southwest corner of Clarion County. Access to East Brady, originally named Cunningham after an early farm owner, was over a steep road and then via ferry or barge from the west. The Allegheny Valley Railroad transformed the village after 1867, the year in which the first East Brady newspaper was founded, and a bridge finally linked the town to Brady's Bend on the west side of the Allegheny River. A new deck truss bridge (2005–2007) has opened, carrying PA 68 across the river.
East Brady's grid of streets climbs the hillside overlooking the river. Lining the streets are a number of handsome frame Stick Style and Queen Anne houses, as well as a Gothic Revival house at the northeast corner of Water and Bridge streets. The small commercial district along Broad Street is highlighted by the three-story brick Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (1900–1904; Broad and Brady streets). The frame Gothic Revival St. Eusebius church has a square tower entrance topped with a cupola (c. 1880; 301 E. 2nd Street), and the former high school, built of brick on a raised sandstone foundation (1910–1911; 502 Ferry Street), is now a community center.
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