Tarbell House Earns Pa. Historic Preservation Award

The rehabilitation of the historic Tarbell House, located at 324 East Main Street in Titusville, PA, has been recognized as a winner of a 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award issued by the statewide advocacy group Preservation Pennsylvania.

On October 12, a Construction Project Award will be presented to the non-profit Oil Region Alliance, owner of the Tarbell House, for the multi-year phased rehabilitation which returned the exterior and interior of this 1870 Italianate home to its appearance during the years when Ida Tarbell and her family resided in the house designed by her father.

The ceremony is being conducted in the auditorium of The State Museum in downtown Harrisburg. Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf will participate in this awards ceremony.  Accepting the award on behalf of the Oil Region Alliance will be Mrs. Marilyn Black, ORA’s Vice President for Heritage Development. Also being recognized is the local firm StruXures, LLC, which served as the architect of record throughout the 9-year preservation endeavor which began when ORA acquired the property in 2007 and StruXures prepared a Preservation Plan for this important building.

Also among the 23 people and organizations receiving awards at this annual ceremony is a project in Conneaut Lake in western Crawford County.  Universal Development will receive a Community Involvement award for their work converting the former High Street Church into the Conneaut Lake Town Hall.  Kidder Wachter Architecture and Design of Erie is receiving a Construction Project Award for their work on the Dickson Tavern in Erie County.

People interested in viewing the restored building interior are welcome to attend the public teas hosted at the Tarbell House each month.  Seats remain available for the student-served teas on Friday, October 20 and Friday, November 3.  Such teas begin at 4 p.m.; those who wish to tour the house are encouraged to arrive by 3:30 p.m.  Advance reservations are required.

Private tours and events are also conducted at the Tarbell House.  For details or reservations, please contact Mrs. Black at 677-3152, Extension 105; mblack@oilregion.org.