Architecture

Lynn Hall

I was doing research into historic houses that are currently for sale and one that caught my attention was Lynn Hall. From first glance, it looks like the type of building that is an amazing example of Prairie design with its long flat roof, horizontal lines, rows of windows, and overhanging eaves.

Floor plans of Lynn Hall

This beautiful structure sits off of Route 6, west of Port Allegany, PA and overlooks the Allegheny River valley. It was built and designed in the 1930s by Walter J. Hall. Lynn Hall officially opened for business in 1935, where it was the site of numerous dinners and parties. According to Lynn Hall’s website, this space was “conceived as a Country Inn, and although the hotel aspect of the project was never realized, it was a popular restaurant and dance hall known throughout the region.” In the 1950s, the building served as an office for Walter and his son, Raymond. After he passed away in 1952, Raymond kept business going for a long time until he passed away in 1981. The place was left with family members but it ended up sitting vacant for so many years.

Historic photo of the dining/bar area
Historic photo of the dining/bar area from a different angle

I can honestly say, I had only heard of Walter Hall’s name when I looked into the person responsible for building Fallingwater. I didn’t realize he had built Lynn Hall and many other buildings in his area. According to some historians, Edgar Kaufmann Jr. saw Lynn Hall while traveling through the area and notified his father to tell him about Walter’s stonework.

During the process of building Fallingwater, Hall had to improvise and make a lot of changes because Wright’s plans didn’t have dimensions. Hall is also credited for leaving a boulder near the fireplace that Wright wanted to be removed. You might know what I’m talking about if you have taken the tour of the house. As you probably can imagine, the two sometimes clashed but in the end, we have Fallingwater! After this project, Wright asked Hall to be his primary builder but Hall declined and continued to build his own business with his son.

This bedroom!

I read that in June of 2013, Gary and Sue DeVore bought and restored this building, then sold it again in 2016 to Rick Sparkes and Adam Grant who is named on the listing I found. I would think after doing so much work, you would want to hold onto it longer?

Here is the official listing for Lynn Hall for $799,000. I couldn’t find it on any other realtor sites and I’m not sure why. Maybe they want serious inquiries only. I would call this space more of a building than a house. There is so much potential at what you could do with it! You could turn it into a bed and breakfast or an artist’s residency. I would rent it out as a getaway and allow tours on certain days, maybe even live in the cottage. I’m so glad to see it named to the National Register of Historic places and that people took it under their wings to bring it back to life.

Creepy hallway

Photos, unless noted, were courtesy of Lynn Hall PA’s website. Take a look at the site if you want to read more about the history and glance at the before photos.

Edited by Matthew Buchholz

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