David Bradford House
David Bradford House
David Bradford House, from across South Main Street
|Location:||175 South Main Street, Washington, Pennsylvania|
|Area:||less than one acre|
|Architectural style:||Late German Colonial|
|Added to NRHP:||July 16, 1973|
|Designated NHL:||July 28, 1983|
Bradford built the first stone house on South Main Street in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1788, which, by frontier standards, ranked as a mansion. The handsome stairway was solid mahogany; the mantel-pieces and other interior furnishings, imported from Philadelphia, were transported across the Alleghenies at considerable expense. While restoring the house a secret underground passage was discovered leading to a nearby ravine. This tunnel was presumably used as an escape route in the event of an attack on the house.
By the 1930s, the building was in such disrepair that Charles Morse Stotz did not include the building in his The Early Architecture of Western Pennsylvania. However, by the book's 2nd printing in 1966, Stotz himself has led the rehabilitation.
In 1959, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission assumed control of the house and supervised restoration of its eighteenth-century design. They installed furnishings of that that time in Pennsylvania that they felt reflected Bradford's place in society. A management agreement was signed in 1982, turning the management of the Bradford House over to the Bradford House Historical Association. The museum is open from early May through mid December, giving group tours and hosting other special events.
It is located at 175 South Main Street in Washington.
The Bradford House is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is managed as a historic house museum by local volunteers for the Bradford House Historical Association. The house is open for tours seasonally, and contains period furnishings and changing exhibits.
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- Branton, Harriet (June 8, 1985). "Charles Stotz: Restorer of Western Pennsylvania Architecture". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- William K. Watson (May, 1983). PDF (460 KB). National Park Service.
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