Robesonia Furnace Historic District

The Robesonia Furnace Historic District, also known as the Reading Furnace and the Robesonia Iron Co. Ltd., is an historic, American iron plantation and national historic district that is located in Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Robesonia Furnace Historic District
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; -76.14056
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

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

History and architectural features edit

This district encompasses thirty-five contributing buildings and two contributing sites. They include a series of one-and-one-half-story, single workers' houses that were built circa 1825, a set of stone, frame and slag block duplexes that were built circa 1845, 1890 and 1910, and bungalows that were built roughly between 1913 and 1915.

Other notable buildings are the Second Empire-style George Taylor Mansion (c. 1880), a creamery building, a shed with a cupola, a log-and-stone furnace boarding house (c. 1800), a miller's house (c. 1820), a fire station (c. 1910), a Georgian-style ironmaster's mansion that is also known as Ege Mansion (c. 1807), and an Italianate-style furnace office.

The contributing sites are the industrial remains of the Robesonia Furnace, which was established in 1794 by George Ege and then demolished in 1927 after its acquisition by Bethlehem Steel.[2]

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

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "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 September 18, 2012.

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