Penn-Craft Historic District

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Penn-Craft Historic District
Buildings in Penncraft, Pennsylvania.jpg
Buildings in Penncraft, Pennsylvania, Summer 1991
Penn-Craft Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Penn-Craft Historic District
Penn-Craft Historic District is located in the US
Penn-Craft Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by PA 4020, Twp. Rd. 326, and Twp. Rd. 549, Luzerne Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′33″N 79°54′45″W / 39.95917°N 79.91250°W / 39.95917; -79.91250Coordinates: 39°57′33″N 79°54′45″W / 39.95917°N 79.91250°W / 39.95917; -79.91250
Area 175 acres (71 ha)
Architect Stanton, William Macy; Day, David
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 89000356[1]
Added to NRHP May 18, 1989

Penn-Craft Historic District is a national historic district located at Luzerne Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The district includes 108 contributing buildings, 7 contributing sites, and 6 contributing structures in the subsistence homestead community of Penn-Craft. The planned community was first built between 1937 and 1943 by the American Friends Service Committee, as a community for unemployed miners. In addition to two pre-Penn Craft dwellings, contributing buildings include remaining frame "temporary" houses, 50 stone houses, knitting factory (1939), cooperative store (1942), and a frame barn.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

When the June 2012 Mid-Atlantic and Midwest derecho passed through southwestern Pennsylvania on June 29, 2012, the community's store was destroyed by a fire resulting from a lightning strike.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Louis Orslene and Susan Shearer (February 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Penn-Craft Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  3. ^ Christine Haines/ (2012-06-30). "Possible lightning-caused fire damages Penncraft Store - Hsnewsnow". Retrieved 2013-10-01.

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