The Rowley House Museum
707 West Fourth Street
Owner: Preservation Williamsport
Chair: Robert Kane, Rowley House Museum Curator
Description: This 1888 high-end Queen Anne mansion is in an amazing state of preservation. The 13-bedroom home, built by internationally known Edwin A. Rowley, is owned and maintained by “Preservation Williamsport”. The museum has been featured twice in Victorian Homes Magazine. Come see a tour de force of Tiffany quality stain glass windows, a showcase of indigenous wood, original lighting and fireplaces. Recent additions to the museum collection include a walnut bedroom suite and vintage accessories donated by the family of Shirley Dieffenbach.
1310 Campbell Street
Co-Chairs: Jenny Broaddus and Anne MacDonald
Description: Grand English Tudor style home designed and completed in 1920 under the direction of owner L.M. Otto. Featured in American Architecture in 1924, the home boasts 9 bedrooms and 7 baths. Built for the heiress of Iver Johnson Firearms, the company’s emblem owl can be found carved throughout the home. Outdoor entertaining abounds on four terraces set among English gardens.
1640 Oakridge Place
Owners: Drs. Michael and Krista Lazar
Chair: Krista Lazar
Florist: Rosemary’s Thyme Floral Design
Description: In the early 20th century, the wealthy citizens of Williamsport began to construct opulent homes in Vallamont, far from industrial and commercial operations at the river front and the city center. “Oakridge” was built for Seth McCormick and his wife with Carl Cornwall Tallman as architect. This Revival style house has since been updated, however the character that the architect envisioned still remains. Note the beautiful hardwood floors, the French Zuber wallpaper and exquisite mahogany paneling.
405 West Fourth Street
Owners: Rick and Sara Mirabito
Co-Chairs: Rick and Sara Mirabito
Description: This three-story castle-like stone mansion of Richardsonian and Romanesque architecture was designed and built in 1885, by Eber Culver for millionaire Albert DuBois Hermance, founder of the “Hermance Machine Company”. Note the homes superb hand-carved doors, staircase and woodwork made of the highest quality lumber by Giovanni Ferrari. In 1932, the building underwent extensive alterations when it was converted into 11 apartments. Amazingly, all the carvings remain in their original condition.
The Hadley-Lyon House
1024 Packer Street
Owner: Mindee Hadley-Lyon
Co-Chairs: Nan Young and Ashley Bogart
Florist: Nevill’s Flowers
Description: This early Craftsman Style house was built after 1910 but prior to Craftsman era houses and known as an “Overthrow of Eclecticism” associated with Victorian Homes. This style also known as a “bungalow” denotes a specific form reflecting exterior architectural elements such as overhanging gables with exposed rafter tails and support columns that are tapered and wider at the bottom. Built for Dr. Ferdinand H. Weddigen, a Bacteriologist and Pathologist at The Williamsport Hospital and his wife Martha. The house boasts a “porte-cochere” or covered drive thru area used at that time for carriages and early automobiles. This feature is not common on this style house and rare in Williamsport.
904 Campbell Street
Owners: Hutchinson Companies, LLC
Co-Chairs: Dr. John and Margaret Piper
Description: This brick Queen Anne style building was designed by Architect Thomas P. Lonsdale of Philadelphia and constructed in 1898 by Huffman and Son, a premier builder during this time-period. The Women’s Christian Association funded and managed this project which housed and provided care for children and elderly women. In the 1970’s this building was converted into medical offices and on October 2020 it was purchased by the current owner, a Real Estate Development Company, who is converting it into 32 modern luxury apartments (we will tour one apartment). The facility will include gated parking, fitness room, security system and other amenities. Significant consideration has been taken not to alter the footprint of the building thus keep the historic value of the exterior intact.
411 West Fourth Street
Owners: Gloria Miele, James Wood and Robert Elion
Chair: James Wood and Robert Elion
Description: This majestic brownstone and brick home was built around 1878 for the Ulman family and was designed by Eber Culver. The Inn illustrates late Victorian influences and features beautiful double doors with magnificent beveled, leaded glass opening into an oak-wainscoted hallway and parlors. Note the stained-glass window at the top of the steps, and rounded panes in the turret.
220 West Fourth Street
Description: Baby, it’s cold outside! Stop into the warm and welcoming Community Arts Center in the heart of downtown Williamsport! The holidays are a special time of year for the CAC, with numberous community concerts and gatherings in our historic landmark building. Enjoy a cup of steaming hot chocolate and scrumptious holiday treats in the Capital Lounge before beginning a wonderful behind the scenes tour of our 2,100-seat theatre. We invite all patrons and visitors to stop by and see the beautifully restored art deco lobby housing our enormous and ornate 30 ft. Christmas tree. Spend a little time reminiscing or learning about the remainder of the fabulous 2019-20 performance season! https://www.caclive.com
Description: The James V. Brown Library was a gift to the city of Williamsport from James Vanduzee Brown, a prominent citizen who made his fortune in lumber and grain mills, and was instrumental in the founding of the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority. The Library was designed by Edgar V. Seeler and opened to the public on June 18, 1907. The magnificent Moltz Rotunda Reading Room is part of the original structure and contains the stained-glass dome skylight and wrought iron gazebo. On display in the rotunda will be a sampling of the Library’s vintage photo collection. A variety of children’s activities will also be available. https://jvbrown.edu
Description: This 1928 Georgian-style building is home to the life-saving services of the YWCA. For more than 90 years women’s lives have been transformed within these extravagant halls. Take a moment to view the breath-taking rotunda; appreciate the griffins, gold-leaf, marble, hand-carved wood, bronze and fine-artisan-crafted details, painted by Marguerite Bierman. Artisan Holiday Market and Duboistown Garden Club (Friday & Saturday).. https://www.ywcawilliamsport.org
The Thomas T. Taber Museum
858 West Fourth Street
Description: Join us at the Thomas T. Taber Museum for a journey through time. First, view the culture of the Native Americans who resided here, navigating the Susquehanna River in dugout canoes. Following the colonial settlement, the Pennsylvania Canal System and the railroad greatly advanced the development of the region. The logging and lumbering industry flourished because of these two innovations to transporation. Trains (over 300!) abound in the Larue Shempp Model Train Collection with tow working layouts to delight visitors of all ages. https://www.tabermuseum.org
Churches (SUNDAY ONLY – $10.00 tickets available at Churches and prior to event at Taber Museum (Saturday) & eventbrite):
City Alliance Church
380 West Fourth Street
Description: This Romanesque-style church was designed and built by Eber Culver on land donated by Peter Herdic around 1860. After being destroyed by floods, the original building was torn down in 1898. A new church was built in 1914. The mountain stone was quarried in this area. Note the Tiffany windows. https://cityalliance.org
Saint Joseph the Worker Church
702 West Fourth Street
Description: Built in 1886 by Amos Wagner on land donated by Peter Herdic, this Romanesque-style church was built to serve the Irish community. The stone came from the nearby town of Ralston. The church seats 600 people and features an abundance of marble and gold décor. Lunch, beverages and crafts from 10-3 in Monsignor William J. Fleming Parish Center. http://www.sjwparish.org
Covenant Central Presbyterian Church
807 West Fourth Street
Description: Built in 1909, this Richardsonian-Romanesque style structure is composed of marble and granite, quarried at the Avondale Quarry near Philadelphia. The roof is terracotta tile and copper with thick window lintels. There are large semi-circular arched entries, three doors with stained glass, and many arched, stained glass windows. The church has an eight-sided dome in the sanctuary, which includes a cross on top made of solid oak with hammered copper overlay. Organ Concert to be performed at a time to be determined
Trinity Episcopal Church
844 West Fourth Street
Description: Built in 1875 by Culver and Thorn, the church was paid for by Peter Herdic, who donated both the land and the building to the parish. His father-in-law, Judge Maynard, presented the church with a set of Westminster chimes. The church is an example of English-Gothic architecture and contains stone quarried locally from Bald Eagle Mountain. A Victorian soup lunch will be served Saturday from 11am-2pm and Sunday from 12pm-2pm. https://trinity-williamsport.diocpa.org/
436 West Fourth Street
Description: Originally Church of the Covenant and more recently St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, this limestone structure has a center spire, bell tower, and steeply pitched roof with stone finials. The windows are pointed and arched. It has the largest expanse of Tiffany stained glass in North Central Pennsylvania. Note the arched entryway with decorative insets..