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Meason, Isaac, House

Dunbar Township, Pennsylvania
County of Fayette.
National Register Number: 71000707
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: PA-12 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 21, 1990):
Built in 1802 for ironmaster Isaac Meason, this substantial 2 1/2 story ashlar sandstone house is the most sophisticated English Palladian villa-type building in the region from this early period. Meason brough craftsman and architect Adam Wilson from England to design and build his house which stands unaltered with its original plan and details intact.

A surface mining operation on adjacent property is scheduled to come within 800 feet of the main house. The blasting levels have been limited by court agreement, but the effects could still damage the historic structures and need to be carefully monitored. Although the mined land is being restored, it is not protected from future development. Other property located along the main approach to the house has incompatible uses including an automobile junkyard.

The owner of the junkyard hopes to expand his business and has recently applied for a change in zoning to allow for this.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
In 1996, the Meason House Working Group was established to ensure the long-term protection and public access of the House. To date, the Group has obtained funding to complete an appraisal of the House and adjacent land, identify and analyze protection alternatives, and secure purchase options on the House and adjacent land. Now, the Group needs funds for the acquisition of the secured options and for the development of a summary plan for the eventual use of the property as a house museum.

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