Durham Furnace, PA
Study model.

FURNACE MASTER'S HOUSE was built c. 1750 for the Superintendent of the Durham Furnace iron mines in the northernmost part of Bucks County. Early settlers at Wm. Penn's time began smelting into ingots this newly discovered rich mother lode of high grade iron ore deposits for shipment by Durham boat down the Delaware River to Philadelphia and thence to England.

The historic Master's house is a well proportioned central hall building built on the plan of many surrounding period farm houses. The new Owners presented us with an elaborate program of spaces which we developed into three block-like pavilions pulled away and slightly separated from the original house so as not to compromise its historic integrity. Building shapes and proportions are derived from the original work to create an integrated building complex.

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