Victorian Christmas 2022

Saturday Tour of Homes

1401 Campbell Street
The Swan

  • Owners & Co-Chairs: Maggie and Richard Carlson

1420 Campbell Street

  • Owners: Dave and Cathy Bower 
  • Co-Chairs: Cathy Piccolo Bower and Mary Calistri Geise

810 Vallamont Drive

  • Owners: Tristan & Alivia Peace
  • Co-Chair: Valerie Lundy and Jill Confair

The John R. T. Ryan House

151 East Third Street
The John Ryan House

  • Owners: Matt and Yvonne Di Rocco
  • Chair: Yvonne Di Rocco
  • Sponsor: Airmen Mechanical Services

This circa 1886 three-story, French, Second Empire-style house was the home of John R.T. Ryan and Emeline Tinsman Ryan. Ryan was a very accomplished but somehow forgotten local lumberman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. This home is attached to the former home of Garrett and Margaret Tinsman via an existing second story enclosed walkway. It features Italian marble fireplaces, plaster ceiling medallions, Victorian arches, and a three-story stadium shaped stairway.

The City Hall Grand Hotel

454 Pine Street
The City Hall Grand Hotel

  • Owners: Tim and Sandra Butters
  • Co-Chairs: Sandra Butters and Scott Caverly

Built in 1893 by Eber Culver, Old City Hall is now renovated into the very unique CITY HALL GRAND HOTEL.

Open showers, separate toilet rooms, sliding doors and custom-made furnishings give each room an industrial look with no two rooms being alike. Beautifully-restored photographs allow each visitor a chance to stroll through Williamsport’s rich history, beginning with our founder, Michael Ross. Each of the twelve new rooms is dedicated to a special piece of our city’s past, remembering the devastating floods, wars, and humble beginnings as well as celebrating the lumber boom, baseball, and those men and women who made Williamsport the city it is today.

This five-story building of yellow brick was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1976. For Reservations:

The Harrar House

915 West Fourth Street
The Eutermarks/Harrar House

  • Owners:  Fred and Darlene Kellers 
  • Co-Chairs: Nan Young and Ashley Bogart

The Eutermarks/Harrar House is located in the heart of Williamsport’s Historic District. This 2 story Italianate Villa was built in 1870 for John and Lucy Eutermarks. The home was originally assigned 913 but because of superstition the house number was changed to 915. Of all the homes in The Historic District only two have remained single family homes throughout their existence. The third owner Bob Esposito brought the home back to its original splendor during the forty years that he owned the home with the help of renowned international interior designer Samuel Dornsife. The second-floor alcove has a ceiling painted by the late Marguerite Bierman whose work is on display in many public buildings, churches, and private homes in Williamsport. The fourth and current homeowners, Fred and Darline Kellers purchased the home in 2021 and will continue to care for this wonderful piece of history!

The Rowley House

707 West Fourth Street
The Rowley House

  • Owner: Preservation Williamsport
  • Chair: Robert (Bob) Kane, museum curator 

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.

Thomas T. Taber Museum

Thomas T. Taber Museum
858 West Fourth Street

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society provides a history of the region with information about Native American culture, frontier exploration, the development of the Pennsylvania canal, immigration during the 19th century, and the logging and lumbering era of the nineteenth century. As well, the Taber Museum houses the world-class Larue Shempp Model Train Collection.

James V. Brown Library

James V. Brown Library
19 East Fourth Street

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 of the original structure and contains the stained-glass dome skylight and the more recently installed wrought iron gazebo.

Community Arts Center

Community Arts Center
220 West Fourth Street

The Community Arts Center was born in 1928 as the Capitol Theatre, one of the finest movie palaces in the Comerford Amusement Company chain. The depression, a flood and years of wear left the grand dame tarnished and ripe for the wrecking ball when in 1989, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, the City of Williamsport and the Williamsport-Lycoming Foundation (now FCFP) agreed to buy and restore this downtown jewel. Fully renovated and historically restored, the Capitol reopened in May of 1993 and has provided a cultural heart for this community ever since. Many legendary performers have graced the CAC stage and you can join them as part of our Victorian Christmas celebration.

815 West Fourth Street

The cornerstone for this majestic building was laid in 1928 after a dedicated team of women raised $450,000 for construction in a mere five days. The centerpiece of this 70,000 sq. ft. Georgian-style building is the breath-taking rotunda. Griffins, gold-leaf and vibrant colors highlight this work of art commissioned and created by Marguerite Bierman. Notice the marble thresholds, hand-carved wooden details and the crystal chandeliers adorning the décor. For more than 90 years, women’s lives have been transformed within these extravagant halls. Artisan Holiday Market and Duboistown Garden club will be here.

Sunday Tour of Churches

St. Joseph the Worker – 700 West Fourth Street

St Joseph the Worker Parish

Built in 1886 by Amos Wagner on land donated by Peter Herdic, the church was built to service the Irish Catholic community.  It is an example of the Romanesque style of architecture, and the sandstone came from the nearby Ralston Quarry.  The church has a multi-gabled slate roof and walls with colored belt courses.  There are 43 arched stained glass windows.  The entryway and entry doors are semi-circular.  The bell tower is open with a decorative cornice and patterned stone.  The center tower was capped when three workers fell to their deaths during construction.  The interior has marble altars and Tiffany windows, including “The Accession of Christ” behind the main altar installed in the early 1900s.  Note the use of marble and gold. The church seats 1,000 people. 

City Alliance – 380 West Fourth Street

City Alliance Church

This landmark church was originally designed and built by Eber Culver in 1854.  It has been served by 21 pastors and six interim pastors in three different buildings all on the same corner of ground donated by Peter Herdic.  Peter’s wife was a member of the congregation.  After being destroyed by floods, the original building was torn down in 1889.  The main sanctuary was completed in 1914.  The church is an example of the Romanesque style of architecture, with mountain stone quarried from this area.  The present church is known for its beautiful sanctuary with the eight stained glass windows depicting Baptist patriarchs. The jewel of all the windows faces West Fourth Street and depicts the baptism of Jesus. Designed in London and built in New York City by Young and Bonawitz in 1914, the windows were taken apart to be transported to Williamsport.

Covenant Central Presbyterian Church – 807 West Fourth Street

Covenant Central Presbyterian Church

Covenant Central Church was completed in 1910; built in the Romanesque style using gray Avondale marble with a red tile roof. Of historical interest is the “Christ Window,” the “English Bible Window” and the “Missionary Window,” which were crafted by Frederick S. Lamb, in the studio of J. & R. Lamb of New York, member of the American School of Stained Glass Art. “In its external appearance the structure gives the impression of solidity, cheerful openness, and much dignified beauty in line and color. This, together with its site — one of the most commanding in the city — makes an architectural combination which is eloquent of the leading ideals of modern church life.”

Christ Community Worship Center – 436 West Fourth Street

Christ Community Worship Center

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 Northcentral Pennsylvania.  Note the arched entryway with decorative insets. 

Trinity Episcopal Church – 844 West Fourth Street
Soup Lunch from noon to 2pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

Built in 1875 by Culver and Thorn, the church was paid for by Peter Herdic, who donated not only the land but also the entire building to Trinity Parish for one dollar as long as the pews remain “forever free.”  His father-in-law, Judge Maynard, presented the church with the first set of nine-bell Westminster chimes in America, the same as heard in the Big Ben Tower of London.  An example of English Gothic architecture, the church is built with stone quarried from Bald Eagle Mountain at Muncy and brownstone from Hummelstown.  Note the pointed arches and windows, steeply pitched colored slate roof, and 265-foot spire. In an 1876 issue of the Parish Dial, the following passage appears concerning the church’s windows: “Words cannot paint the loveliness of these windows. The makers, Aickin and Isaac, Philadelphia, have conscientiously adhered to the true idea of glass staining, which does not consist in painting the various colors upon large sheets of glass, but in leading together separate pieces so as to present a transparent mosaic. The side windows show exquisite geometrical designs.

Christ Episcopal Church – 426 Mulberry Street
Concert 1:30pm
Soup Lunch from noon to 2pm

Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Church is the city’s oldest Episcopal Church. A parish church was organized in 1841 and the first church building was located on the present site of the New Covenant Church. In 1869, the now standing Christ Church was built with its first service held on Christmas Day. This Victorian Norman-Gothic structure is adorned with stained glass windows many of which are Tiffany, and a pipe organ.
Ongoing sanctuary tours and refreshments will be served.

First United Methodist Church –  604 Market Street
Concert at 3:30pm

American Rescue Workers Community Church – 25 Ross Street
Concert at 2:30pm & 4:30pm