|Title||George Bieber House and Farm|
|Object Name||Application, Registration|
|Scope & Content||
The George Bieber house located at 2010 Stratford Road, was build in the early 1840s. It was constructed as a Federal-style I house with a central staircase, two rooms upstairs, and two rooms downstairs. Federal influence is seen in the facade's central second floor door, sidelights, and the transom with iron balcony. The property was purchased from Forrest Meeker in 1845 by George Bieber, a farmer who had migrated from Berks County, Pennsylvania. Bieber proceeded to construct the house and outbuildings shortly after the purchase. The U.S. Agriculture Census of 1860 notes that the Bieber farm consists of 110 acres of improved land and 105 acres of unimproved land.
In 1845, George Bieber purchased the Knapp and Glenn Mill (built ca 1834), a water powered frame grist and saw mill located on Chapman Road. With the help of his son, Henry Bieber, he operated this mill until his death in 1854.
The Bieber faces Stratford Road with a setback of 550 feet. The front lot measures 200 feet wide. The main building was constructed as an I-house with a central staircase, two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs. The Federal influence is seen in the facade’s central second floor door, sidelights, and transom with iron balcony. It also displays some Greek Revival influence including a front entrance with transom and sidelights, 6/6 windows and a moderately pitched roof covered with asphalt shingles.
The Bieber house is two stories tall with five front bays and two side bays. The building is topped by a gabled roof with two brick interior and chimneys and exposed rafters. The walls were constructed with common bond brick on a limestone foundation. Fenestration throughout the house consists of double hung 6/6 windows framed by plain stone lintels with the exception of two sets of small rectangular attic windows. All contain the original wood shutters. The second floor features a doorway centered over the front entrance. The wood doors are topped by a semi-circular arched transom. There are sidelights with colored glass panels each topped by smaller transoms with cloverleaf patterns.
The interior features two rooms on the first floor with a large central hallway and a staircase with wooden balustrade. The woodwork was original in 1990 and in excellent condition. The sitting room (north) has window and door cornice surrounds while the dining room (south) and main hallway have fluted surrounds. The dining room has a wood fireplace while the north room contains an end wall limestone fireplace that is not original. The brick fireplace in the kitchen was remodeled in the 1960s.
Two rear additions were constructed in ca 1940 or wood and brick which are not clearly visible from the front elevation. There is a small frame garage built in the 1950s south of the house. A two story front porch was added ca 1940 which covers the original roof ridge line, however, the front entrance and windows are clearly visible from Stratford Road.