Frank H. Buhl Mansion

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Frank H. Buhl Mansion
Frank H. Buhl Mansion.jpg
Side and front of the house
Frank H. Buhl Mansion is located in Pennsylvania
Frank H. Buhl Mansion
Location 422 E. State St., Sharon, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°13′56″N 80°29′58″W / 41.23222°N 80.49944°W / 41.23222; -80.49944Coordinates: 41°13′56″N 80°29′58″W / 41.23222°N 80.49944°W / 41.23222; -80.49944
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1891
Architect Owsley, Charles
Architectural style Other, Richardsonian Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77001175[1]
Added to NRHP December 2, 1977

Frank H. Buhl Mansion, or Buhl Mansion, is a historic home located at Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

It was built in 1891 for the Buhl family, which owned the Sharon Iron Works. Yale-educated Frank H. Buhl (1848-1918) had returned in 1887 from Detroit to help his father run the Iron Works, and in the following year it became Mercer County's largest employer. Buhl founded the Buhl Steel Company in 1896, which three years later merged into the National Steel Co., which was itself eventually merged into the United States Steel Corporation shortly before Buhl's retirement. Buhl became known as the "The Father of the Industrial Shenango Valley" and also founded Sharon Steel and Sharon Steel Castings (also merged into U.S. Steel).[2]

Although Buhl had married Julia Forker, daughter of a prominent Sharon family, they had no children and became known for using their fortune to support the surrounding community. Buhl's father had founded the Christian H. Buhl hospital (now the Sharon Regional Hospital). Frank Buhl established the F.H. Buhl club, opened to all Sharon citizens in 1903, and located between this building and the city's downtown.[3] It held music and social rooms, a bowling alleys, billiard and games rooms, and a library. It merged with a women's club founded by Julia Buhl, and still serves the community as a recreation center.[4] In 1914, the F.H. Buhl Farm opened as a 300-acre park, complete with 11 acre lake, beaches, 10 tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course (the only free public golf course in the nation), picnic groves, pavilions, playground and a baseball field.[5]

The ashlar sandstone residence has 2 1/2-storeys. Noted Youngstown architect Charles Owsley (1846–1935) designed it in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It features round arches, steep gable wall dormers, an inset porch with heavy arches, stone finials, and several turrets with copper capped spires. Although the house had been converted to apartments, it was restored. It currently operates as a bed and breakfast as well as a wedding venue.[6][7][8]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977[1] and featured in the 1987 film Tiger Warsaw.

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