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Stop 27C.  137 West Curtin Street

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     This beautiful home, at West Curtin and North Spring Streets, is diagonally across the intersection from McCafferty House.  It was built by Philadelphia builder Charles McCafferty in 1871.  McCafferty later lived in Bellefonte and built many of the now-historic homes on Linn and Curtin Streets as well as downtown buildings (see Stop 27B).  The house had many famous owners and tenants, including retired Civil War Officer John Irvin Curtin and Jesse Stutzman, at one time a Rockview Prison Warden.  The house, like many built by McCafferty, has wide porches, front and rear, from which to enjoy views of Curtin and Spring Streets, or to view the mountain toward Milesburg.  Inside, there is a walnut handrail on the spacious stairway that spirals up three stories.
     Although many of the residential homes of McCafferty were built in Folk Victorian style in the late 1880s, this earlier house has a Mansard roof and eave brackets under one roofline, in Second Empire style.  The porch, however, is a departure from Second Empire style.  Perhaps it was added later.