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St. Marys in Elk County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Weis Stone Buildings

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
1. Weis Stone Buildings Marker
Inscription.  When the first settlers arrived here in the early 1840s, they found a heavily forested, rugged wilderness. In pre-mechanized north-central Pennsylvania, clearing the land was no simple task, and the first homes built by the pioneers were likely of log or rudimentary wood frame construction. Clearly, the community's most substantial home was the sandstone built in 1845 by George Weis, which, even today, is one the few stone buildings in the entire city.

Weis (1805-1877) was born in Alsace and as a small boy moved with his parents to the United States, living first in Baltimore and later in Philadelphia. In 1826 he wed Juliana Weisenberger; their union would endure for 51 years. In September 1844, Weis and his family left Philadelphia during the "Know-Nothing" anti-Catholic riots that were occurring in the eastern cities. They made their way to the new community of Sanct Marienstadt, which had been settled two years earlier by other German Catholics seeking religious tolerance. Weis brought along a substantial store of goods and established himself as a merchant in the new settlement. Within a year of his arrival, he built this stone
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By Mike Wintermantel
2. Weis Stone Buildings Marker
Top photo
The Red and White grocery occupied the former Weis Harness Shop.

Middle photo
The George Weis house after the removal of the front porch and the installation of frontispiece entries and steel frame windows.

Bottom photo
John Eckl's painters and wallpaper hangers-probably with young family members-stand proudly in front of the Weis Harness Shop in this early twentieth-century photo.
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building, which served as both his store and his residence. He made his home here for the next thirty years and became the community's first leading merchant. His 1877 obituary noted that "he had a great deal to do with making the settlement of St. Marys a success." The house originally had a front porch but this feature was replaced with the present pair of pedimented Neo-Classical Revival-style frontispieces which were likely added in the 1930s. The George Weis House was later used as the Meisel Funeral Home and for many years has been the home of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation, a leading local philanthropic organization.

About 1865, Weis erected the corner building which served as the harness shop of Albert Weis. It was later the Weis Funeral Home and also housed the local Red and White Grocery Store. Red and White stores once dotted the country and were among the first franchised grocery chains. The corner building is somewhat more highly detailed than the Weis house of twenty years earlier, incorporating the temple form facade characteristic of the Greek Revival style, with partial returns of the cornice on the front gable end.
 
Erected by The City of St. Marys.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1844.
 
Location. 41° 25.598′ 
Weis Stone Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
3. Weis Stone Buildings Marker
N, 78° 33.673′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, in Elk County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Marys Street and West Mill Street, on the left when traveling south on St. Marys Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 S St Marys St, Saint Marys PA 15857, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Edward C. Meyer (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin House Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Marys (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Decker's Chapel (approx. 1.8 miles away); First State Game Lands (approx. 7.8 miles away); Elk County (approx. 8.7 miles away); Philip P. Bliss (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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