by Alex Till, Research Assistant
Center for Historic Architecture and Design
The house at Penn Farm was built in at least three phases and evidence points towards a series of additions and expansions to an original wood frame structure. Each of the first two phases of the house were likely built relatively soon after one another, phase I being constructed between the period of about 1796 and 1810 and the second phase was likely added sometime between 1810 and the 1830s and 40s. The phase I structure is a two-and-a-half-story, one room per floor wood frame building that is covered with siding and currently occupies the western portion of the main house. It is flanked on its west side by a one story shed roofed wood frame addition and its east side by a second wood frame addition and a brick building. Phase II is comprised of this other siding covered wood frame structure, to the east of the phase I building, which is also two and a half stories high with one room per floor. The chimney placement helps distinguish these two similar wood frame buildings. The brick portion to the east also dates from the phase II portion of the house and is a slightly larger, two-and-a-half-story building with two rooms per floor. The smaller, one-story shed addition on the west end of the house forms phase III of the building’s chronology.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.