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Virtual PA German Architecture

Date(s): 10/13/2022
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pennsylvania German Architecture: Construction Details

The early German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought with them some ideas about building houses and adapted some new ideas they learned once arriving. The Historic Ephrata Cloister provides some of the finest surviving examples of this architectural style. On Thursday, October 13 the Virtual Ephrata Academy will offer the Zoom program “Pennsylvania German Architecture: Construction Details.”  The presenter, Mike Emery, Administrator of the Cornwall Iron Furnace, will go beyond a look at floorplans and room usage to explore construction materials and the techniques used by the builders. There will be discussion about home exteriors and interiors, roofing, basements, fireplaces, stoves, windows, doors, hardware, etc.  Images will also provide a look at both plainly ornamented homes and high style houses. 

This program comes as a preview to Architecture Day, a day long program at the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Saturday, October 15. That day will include limited behind-the-scenes tours of unrestored areas. Full details for Architecture Day can be found on the Ephrata Cloister website mentioned below.

The Virtual Ephrata Academy, “Pennsylvania German Architecture: Construction Details,” is a free program, but advance registration is required. The program is offered on Zoom starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History. For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister June Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sunday. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday