Millionaire’s Row

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The crown jewel of Williamsport was West Fourth Street in the 1800s. The city was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. It was the lumber business and the lumber barons that contributed to the boom in home and church construction. Many of these homes can still be seen today! Download the full itinerary of homes, complete with addresses, before your visit.

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The homes

on Millionaires' Row

You can still see many of these homes in Williamsport today! You will see a wide variety of home construction styles from the 1800s and be wowed by the craftsmanship of the era.

The A.D. Hermance House

405 West Forth Street (built in 1855) – The Rowley-Hermance Company manufactured woodworking machinery. This 20-room building is an example of the Richardsonian-Romanesque style of architecture.

 

The Peter Herdic House

407 West Fourth Street (built in 1854) – This home is one of Williamsport’s foremost lumber barons, Peter Herdic. An extensive restoration took ten months in 1984, which was recognized as the top renovation project of the year by the Bureau of Historic Preservation.

 

The Lemuel Ulman House

411 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1800s) – This house still contains some of the original furniture and gaslight fixtures.

 

First Baptist Church

420 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1860) – This church, built from mountain stone, is an example of Romanesque style architecture. The lead glass windows are by Young and Bonawitz.

 

The Hiram Rhoads House

522 West Fourth Street (built in late 1800s) – This building is an example of the Queen Anne style. This house has many notable features such as an upstairs bathtub which is encased in mahogany, a solid pecan floor in the living room, and the most magnificent chandeliers in the city.

 

J.M. McMinn House

528 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1800s) – Originally a simple Victorian frame home, this house was later remodeled into a Colonial Style home in 1889.

 

William V. Emery House

535 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1888) – Another Queen Ann style home, this home was replaced in 1865.

 

The Smith-Ulman House

634 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1870) – The Mansard roof, arched doors and tall windows mark this Victorian Second Empire style home. The original carriage house still stands behind the building and is now used as a private clubhouse.

 

The Auguste Laedlin Home

639 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1886) – The first floor originally contained an ice cream parlor and the second floor had apartments. An outdoor eating area was also a feature.

 

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church

700 West Fourth Street (built in mid 1886) – The rock and sandstone used to build this structure were from the nearby town of Ralston. The church seats 1,000 people and has no center columns or steel structure.

 

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