Robesonia Furnace Historic District

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Robesonia Furnace Historic District
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Furnace Office, April 2011
Robesonia Furnace Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Robesonia Furnace Historic District
Robesonia Furnace Historic District is located in the United States
Robesonia Furnace Historic District
LocationFurnace, S. Church and Freeman Sts. and Mountain and E. Meadow Aves., Robesonia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°20′34″N 76°08′26″W / 40.34278°N 76.14056°W / 40.34278; -76.14056Coordinates: 40°20′34″N 76°08′26″W / 40.34278°N 76.14056°W / 40.34278; -76.14056
Area70 acres (28 ha)
Architectural styleSecond Empire, Georgian, Italianate
MPSIron and Steel Resources of Pennsylvania MPS
NRHP reference No.91001128[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 6, 1991

Robesonia Furnace Historic District, also known as Reading Furnace and Robesonia Iron Co. Ltd., is a historic "iron plantation" and national historic district located in Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The district encompasses 35 contributing buildings and 2 contributing sites. They include 1 1/2-story single worker's housing built about 1825; stone, frame, and slag block duplexes built about 1845, 1890, and 1910; and bungalows built between about 1913 and 1915. Other notable buildings are the Second Empire style George Taylor Mansion (c. 1880), creamery building, and shed with cupola; log and stone furnace boarding house (c. 1800); miller's house (c. 1820); fire station (c. 1910); Georgian style ironmaster's mansion, or Ege Mansion (c. 1807); and Italianate style furnace office. The sites are the industrial remains of Robesonia Furnace, demolished in 1927 after acquisition by Bethlehem Steel. The furnace was established in 1794 by George Ege.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Diane B. Reed (March 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Robesonia Furnace Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-18.

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