c. 1900 Colonial Revival in Beaver, PA

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215 Beaver St, Beaver, PA 15009

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  • $179,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2232 Sq Ft
This beautiful 3 bedroom 2 full bath stately home can be a gem with some TLC. Located in downtown Beaver close to all downtown shopping and restaurants. The home features original hardwood floor, fireplace mantels,gorgeous original staircase and much more. Attic can be a grand master suite or teen suite is plumbed for bathroom. Plus a two stall garage and great backyard!!
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Beverly L. Szedny Pietrandrea, Bovard Anderson Co.
(724) 774-5330
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9 Comments on c. 1900 Colonial Revival in Beaver, PA

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  1. CarebearCarebear says: 1033 comments
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    Again, a lot of work is needed on the floors-plus a new kitchen wouldn’t hurt. It seems there’s lots of natural light, which is great! 3 bedrooms? They must be HUGE-which is even better! And, I’d finish off the attic, I’d put in storage space with lots of shelving, and either a master suite, or family room. No way, would I ever let teenagers alone in thier own section of the house-I remember some of the stuff I used to get up to, when the parents were out of sight!

  2. JimHJimH says: 5006 comments
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    It’s a nice old house, though I can’t look at it without thinking of its neighbor down the street, still visible in Street View but just a vacant lot now.


  3. Hi, Kelly
    I have been a fan of your website for years. And love perusing through these wonderful homes. I have also been educated by so many comments from your devoted base! I am compelled to comment on this house because it has many similarities to my own. I have seen several plan books throughout the years and even own a handful. However, I have never seen one that reflects the homes in our neighborhood. (when going to the street map, I see other homes that also seem very similar to homes in our neighborhood.) This house in Beaver, similar in many details, has me hoping that someone may be aware of a plan book that it includes.

    The 2/3 oak wall that encompasses the stair case I have never seen in any other house before. (Except ours) I don’t suspect ours is rare, but maybe just not included as often in this region. I do notice different regions often reflect different types and styles. Type seems more based in time, but style is how folks have chose to adorn their homes, Yes? (We live in Kentucky) Our neighborhood, like most, resulted in a shared plan book. Older residents, often commented on their elders picking their house details from a catalogue and they would arrive at a train station just two blocks away. (No longer a train station) Of course, those neighbors are all but gone now.
    In our historic district, our house is categorized as a ‘Colonial Revival/Craftsman’ Which never really made sense to me, but what do I know? They seem like an unlikely pair. I would be very appreciative of any information you or your readers could share.
    Thank you!

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5429 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    If your house is configured similarly to this house, then both houses could possibly be from the same published design source. By 1900, the field of houses designed from published sources (“plan books”) was very wide and popular. In 1903, William A. Radford (Chicago) had published a very popular book of house designs: https://archive.org/details/radfordamericanh00radfrich/mode/2up In Minneapolis, Walter J. Keith’s Architectural firm also jumped on the bandwagon and in 1900 published this house plan book: https://archive.org/details/KeithsArchitecturalStudiesModernAmericanHomes4000AndMore/page/n1/mode/2up Add to those mentioned some additional published house plan books by Herbert Caleb Chivers, (St. Louis) Jacob H. Daverman, (Grand Rapids, MI) and probably more than a dozen others, make finding an exact match with your home akin to locating a needle in a large haystack. In form, the subject house of this post looks from the front like an American Foursquare with its cube shape. Stylistically, like many published designs, it has nominal Colonial Revival accents in the Classical/Colonial Revival porch columns but the stained glass motifs are Art Nouveau stylized floral designs. All of the period millwork inside is of the kind that regional Millwork suppliers sold by catalogs from entry and interior doors to staircases, to mantels, and flooring. The giant Foster-Munger millwork firm in Chicago supplied millwork and houses parts nationally to wherever there was a rail connection. Here’s their 600+ page trade catalog from 1900: https://archive.org/details/TheFosterMungerCo.CCA114238/page/n1/mode/2up Items not featured in the catalog could also be special ordered. Strictly speaking, “Craftsman” refers to the Bungalow style (more of a house form than a specific style) homes featured in Gustav Stickley’s influential magazine, “The Craftsman” published between 1901-1916. Those derived from featured magazine designs usually had strong Arts & Crafts styled interiors. Informally, Craftsman and Bungalows are often used interchangeably or together. “Colonial-Craftsman” would be a misnomer although I’ve seen Bungalow type houses with Colonial Columns on their porches. The two story house here is therefore not a Craftsman or Bungalow. Hope this information is somewhat helpful.

    • Thank you!! Much appreciated, John!! Yes, our home, and 75% of our neighborhood homes are of the 4-square type. I will google that, specifically. (Duh) if it’s not a 4-square in our hood, it’s a bungalow. (Save for a few) I could spend days looking through turn of the century house plan books…fascinating. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post…your depth of knowledge on these old gems is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

  5. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5429 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    You’re welcome. Hope you can find an exact match in one of the referenced house plan books. Since you mentioned an interest in the American Foursquare type house, (type is used here because depending on their exterior details, they can be Colonials, Tudors, or even late Queen Anne Foursquares in style) here’s an interesting master’s thesis about Foursquares written by Thomas Hanchett (Chicago) https://www.historysouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/FourSquareThesis.pdf in 1986.


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