Lukens Main Office Building

50 S. 1st Ave., Coatesville, Pennsylvania



This district is associated with Rebecca Lukens (1794-1854), who played a leading role in the 19th-century American iron industry, and her family legacy. The firm she owned and managed--Brandywine Ironworks (later Lukens Steel Company)--was one of the industry's major firms in the decades before the Civil War. She was the only woman in the antebellum period to head a heavy industry that had interstate and international interests. Lukens prefigures a pattern which would become more common in the late 19th and early 20th century, in which family business gave women entry to management or ownership of large concerns. Rebecca Lukens served as matriarch of this industrial dynasty; her family continued her commitment of fairness to workers, innovative technology, and personal interest in fine architecture. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1994

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1976
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Georgian Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1904; 1916