Old Economy

Also known as: Old Economy Village
NE of Pittsburgh on PA 65, Ambridge, Pennsylvania

Photo 

RappHouseOldEconomyPA

By Leepaxton at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16997297

Map 

Description 

The town of Old Economy was founded in 1824 by the Harmony Society, a religious society led by George Rapp. The frame buildings around the perimeter of the town were built first and occupied during the construction of the more permanent structures in the center of the town. The last members of the Society died out around 1905, the property was sold off, and not until 1938 under the direction of architect, Charles M. Stotz, did restoration work start. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS PA-1176)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000644
Areas of significance
Commerce; Religion; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
District
Historic functions
Village site; Religious structure; Manufacturing facility
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1825; 1905
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 17

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger

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