Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chipman Mansion (252 Spring Garden Street) was built c.1907 and was designed by William Michler. It served as a residence for Easton Industrialist W. Evan Chipman, a partner with his brother in the Charles Chipman Sons Hosiery Mills.
Built in 1884, the Thomas Rinek Mansion (36 N. Third St.) is an ornate stone-fronted home. Thomas Rinek was the president of the Northampton County National Bank, and one of four brothers who were partners in the J. Rinek Sons cordage company. His nephew, Charles Norvin Rinek, was an early aviation competitor of the Wright Brothers.
The Herman Simon Mansion (41 N. Third St.) was designed by William Marsh Michler and built in 1902 by Herman Simon. Mr. Simon and his brother Robert operated the sprawling R&H Simon Silk Company mill complex located on N. 13th Street in Easton.
The neighborhood surrounding this portion of North Third Street has a distinguished past for both its historical significance, as well as the beauty of its architecture.
Karl Stirner Arts Trail
City of Easton, Pennsylvania
Topics. This historical marker Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Buildings.
Location. 40° 41.554′ N, 75° 12.548′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on North 3rd Street north of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the sidewalk at the northwest corner of the former Herman Simon Mansion, which is now occupied by the Third Street Alliance for Women & Children organization. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 North 3rd Street, Easton PA 18042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Reformed Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette College Founding (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Declaration of Independence in Easton (about 500 feet away); The Great Square (about 500 feet away); Founding of Easton and Northampton County (about 500 feet away); Indian Peace Treaties (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
More about this marker. Marker is included in Easton's "Karl Stirner Arts Trail" series.
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1. The Simon Mansion.
In 1902, German-born silk merchant Herman Simon commissioned architect William Michler to build the “the handsomest house in the Lehigh Valley” for his wife and daughters. The result, two years and $250,000 later, was the Simon Mansion. Exterior features include a carved likeness of Mrs. Simon, an Indiana limestone façade with a granite base, and a Vermont slate roof with copper ornamentation that still retains its mystique. The lavish interior boasts Spanish leather, Italian marble, Delft and Bavarian tiles, South American mahogany and Caen Stone, as well as frescoed ceilings. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Chipman Mansion.
The Chipman Mansion was designed/built by William Michler in 1902 for Easton industrialist Evan Chipman, a partner in the Charles Chipman Hosiery Mills. Today, wood paneling on the ground floor conceals a hidden staircase that descends to a basement barroom, which the owners’ oral tradition holds was a speakeasy during the Prohibition era. The basement room also has concealed spaces behind its walls reportedly used to store illegal liquor and a peephole where you can see people on the street outside. The Chipman Mansion appears to have replaced the corner residence built in the late 1820s by Rev. John A. Probst. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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