Rowley House Restoration

Rowley House Restoration




In 1888, Edwin A. Rowley, one of the wealthiest men in the state, spent a fortune to build his mansion at 707 West Fourth Street. He spared no expense to finish and equip his home with the newest fixtures and most beautiful embellishments of the time. Eber Culver, who designed this 13-bedroom residence, was noted as creating one of the most architecturally significant houses at the time.

Preservation Williamsport opened this magnificent mansion to the public as the Rowley House Museum. While the first floor interior has had much restoration work completed, there is still much that needs to be done. The hope is to fully restore and equip the Museum to ensure a legacy of our rich heritage for generations to come.

Some of the restorations and improvements completed and planned include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoke, fire, burglar alarm system
  • Emergency lighting, exit signs
  • Security door hardware, door replacement
  • Handicap accessible chair lift at the rear entrance
  • Restoring the carriage house to include a gift shop and handicap accessible public restrooms
  • Separate electrical services for the museum and apartments
  • Separately zoned heating for the museum and apartments DONE
  • Restoring and equipping the kitchen as it was originally
  • General renovations to second floor
  • Paint museum exterior wood features DONE
  • Repair and re-roof ground floor porches
  • Replacement of the original slate roof, flashing and valleys
  • Replace gutters and downspouts
  • Re-point three chimneys
  • Restore all stained glass windows DONE
  • Repair and restore iron fencing on street sides of the property DONE
  • Restore the porte cochere at the Locust St. carriage entrance
  • Replace the asphalt surface of the carriage way with pavers DONE
  • Landscaping DONE

While monetary donations are always appreciated, in-kind donations of materials and/or labor also are gratefully accepted. All major donors will be publicly and permanently recognized at the museum.

Major Donors for Restoration Projects:

  • Hon. Allen Ertel Family
  • The Nassberg Family
  • First Community Foundation Partnership of PA
  • The Park Home
  • M & T Bank
  • Susquehanna Bank
  • Woodlands Bank
  • City of Williamsport
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Lycoming County Visitors Bureau
  • Rowley House “Protectors Society”