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We purchased the Mansfield Brown house in 1992 and began a four-month renovation to convert it into a 3,700–sq. ft. design office with the help of local architect Gary Carlough. Since the building is not a registered historic landmark, we embarked on a modernization, not a preservation, with a design strategy that was thoroughly modern, yet solidly historic.
The building’s heavy timber structure is an Amish, mortise and tenon construction. Massive beams are slotted and pegged to support the main structure. Hand-hewn tree trunks support the foundation
The building housed one of the region’s first schools and in the late 1820s, Reverend Joseph Kerr founded one of his first seminaries here. In the 1900s, the building became a private school for girls.
On June 25, 1851, a meeting conducted by Mansfield Brown was held at his home to discuss the creation and construction of The First Presbyterian Church. Completed in May 1853, it was the area’s first religious organization.
It is speculated that the Mansfield Brown house was a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Fugitive slaves took refuge in a tunnel-like cave that runs the entire length of the building.
Our building’s namesake is Mansfield B. Brown, one of the area’s most illustrious leaders. He developed plans for the town of Mansfield in 1852. In 1894, the adjoining boroughs of Chartiers and Mansfield were consolidated and named Carnegie.
During Prohibition, the building became a bootlegger’s headquarters. Local lore has it that after a raid, the whole town smelled of moonshine for days. Barrel marks still adorn the original floors on the building’s second floor.