East Washington Historic District

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East Washington Historic District
Looking down South Wade Avenue
East Washington Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
East Washington Historic District
East Washington Historic District is located in the US
East Washington Historic District
LocationRoughly North, East, and Wade Aves., Wheeling, Beau, and Chestnut Sts., East Washington, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°10′18″N 80°14′4″W / 40.17167°N 80.23444°W / 40.17167; -80.23444Coordinates: 40°10′18″N 80°14′4″W / 40.17167°N 80.23444°W / 40.17167; -80.23444
Area36.5 acres (14.8 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Queen Anne, Shingle Style
NRHP reference #84000547[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 15, 1984

The East Washington Historic District is a historic district in East Washington, Pennsylvania that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is designated as a historic district by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.[2]

In 1984, the Washington County History and Landmarks Foundation succeeded in having a section of East Washington consisting of 120 Victorian houses added to the National Register of Historic Places.[3] Washington & Jefferson College was opposed to the designation, but filed an objection too late in the proceedings.[4] College President Howard J. Burnett said that the district "was structured to prevent expansion of the college."[4] At issue was the college's plan to expand eastward towards the Wade Avenue area, a plan that was developed in the 1968 "Master Plan."[5] Since then, the college has had a policy of purchasing homes in that area when they become available.[6] The college has purchased and demolished a number of buildings listed in the historic district, including 308, 314 and 322 E. Wheeling Street, which made way for the Burnett Center.[7] A 140-year-old farm house at 137 South Wade Street was acquired by the college in 1977 after being vacant for several years and moved to a new location.[3] As of 1995, the college owned about 30 properties listed in the historic district.[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "East Washington Historic District". Landmark Registry - Historic District. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c Fitch, Antoinnette (July 2, 1995). "Old House Starts Move Across Town/Study Washington Home from 1850s Disassembled and Braced for Its Move to New Site". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. ^ a b Templeton, David (1994-07-24). "W&J President Answers Critics of Expansion". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ Templeton, David (August 14, 1994). "Group Seeks Anti-Demolition Law". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  6. ^ Taylor, Davison; Patti Murphy (March 31, 1991). "W&J'S Building Plans Putting Residents on Guard". The Pittsburgh Press.
  7. ^ Robertson, Bob (August 21, 1994). "E. Washington Demolition Delayed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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