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Buck, Pearl S., House

Perkasie, Pennsylvania
County of Bucks.
520 Dublin Road
National Register Number: 74001755
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Threatened in
2008.
Congressional District: PA-145 Certified Local Government: NO
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Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 16, 1980):
From 1933 until her death, this was the principal residence of noted American novelist Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), the only American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Buck purchased this farm with royalties from her novel, THE GOOD EARTH. The novel won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize, and in 1938 Buck won the Nobel Prize for literature "for rich and genuine epic portrayals of Chinese life, and for masterpieces of biography." Buck's work interpreted the East for the West and did much to dispel the traditional myth of the inscrutable orient.

Condition:
The site serves as a house museum. Hosting some 15,000 visitors per year puts significant stress on structural beams. The foundation leaks, windows don’t shut and woodwork is rotting. The house is very open to water infiltration and pests.

The Landmark has recently received funds to do a historic structures report to determine long term preservation and restoration goals for the house and its collections. The report will be used to prioritize needs. The current cost estimate for doors, windows, woodwork, the elimination of water infiltration, and structural repairs is approximately $200,000.


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