Craven Hall

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Craven Hall
Craven Hall Warminster 2013.jpg
Craven Hall in 2013
Craven Hall is located in Pennsylvania
Craven Hall
Location 599 Newtown Road, Warminster, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°11′29″N 75°4′26″W / 40.19139°N 75.07389°W / 40.19139; -75.07389Coordinates: 40°11′29″N 75°4′26″W / 40.19139°N 75.07389°W / 40.19139; -75.07389
Built 1780, 1823
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 07001078[1]
Added to NRHP October 11, 2007

Craven Hall is a historic building located in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania, at the corner of Newtown Road and East Street Road (Route 132), a five-lane arterial road which runs through the central commercial district. The house was originally built in 1780, with subsequent work in 1823 and a single story addition in the 20th century.

Significance[edit]

The building is a good example of attempts to adapt the high style of Philadelphia architecture to buildings in a rural setting. The Greek Revival detailing of the exterior, and the interior details of the window and door frames and the mantelpiece, along with its sensitivity to proportion, make it unique to rural southeastern Pennsylvania.[2]

History[edit]

Rear elevation

Craven Hall is associated with families that were part of the American Revolution and prominent in local Pennsylvania history. The house was built for John Craven who was the founder of Johnsville, Pennsylvania. Later, the house passed down to members of the VanSant, Longstreth, Hart and Bennett families.

Construction[edit]

The house is two and a half stories, built with stone walls finished with stucco. The central hallway and staircase are flanked by parlor rooms on either side. A side wing built to the same height as the main building has quarter-round windows on each side of the chimney. The building retains the original fireplaces and the kitchen hearth.

The spring house in the rear yard is built underground with stone and stucco walls, and accessed by a staircase. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Lavoie, Catherine C. (historian). "Craven Hall, Southeast corner of Street Road & Newtown Road (Warminster), Johnsville, Bucks, PA". Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress. Retrieved November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Craven Hall, Spring House (Underground)". Historic American Building Survey. Library of Congress. Retrieved November 2010. 

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