Cement City Historic District

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Cement City Historic District
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Cement City Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Cement City Historic District
Cement City Historic District is located in the US
Cement City Historic District
Location Roughly, Chestnut and Walnut Sts. from Modisette Ave. to Bertha Ave. and along Ida and Bertha Sts., Donora, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°10′15″N 79°51′56″W / 40.17083°N 79.86556°W / 40.17083; -79.86556Coordinates: 40°10′15″N 79°51′56″W / 40.17083°N 79.86556°W / 40.17083; -79.86556
Area 8.8 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1916
Architect Lambie Concrete House Corporation; Aberthaw Construction
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP reference # 96000023[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 16, 1996
Designated PHMC October 04, 1997[2]

Cement City Historic District is a historic district in Donora, Pennsylvania. The district includes 80 Prairie School concrete residences built in 1916-17. The homes served as housing for employees of the American Steel and Wire Company. Poured-in-place concrete houses had become popular in large-scale housing developments at the time, partly thanks to promotion by Thomas Edison; the homes built in Donora used a newly patented construction method from the Lambie Concrete House Corporation. Building the houses required a combined 10,000 barrels of Portland cement.[3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1] In 1997, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission installed a historical marker on McKean Ave. (Pa. 837) in South Donora, noting the historic importance of the community.[2] It is designated as a historic district by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.[4] Many of the original cement homes are still standing today, and currently serve as private residences.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Cement City - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Piper, Clinton E. (September 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Cement City Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cement City Historic District". Landmark Registry - Historic District. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 

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