Washington County Almshouse

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Washington County Almshouse
Established 1830
Opened 1831
Current Status Demolished
Building Style Single Building
Location Arden, PA
Alternate Names
  • Washington County Poor House
  • Washington County Old Men's Home


The Pennsylvania State Legislature, passed an act of April 6, 1830, giving authority to Washington County to erect a building and conduct an institution for the employment and support of the poor of Washington County. The first Washington County Commissioners purchased land situated in Chartiers and North Strabane Townships from Robert Colmery on August 19, 1830. The property comprised 172 acres and the purchase price was $2,752.00. The site is adjacent to the Chartiers Valley Railroad and the former Washington and Cononsburg Electric Railway Line, 1/4 mile east of the former Arden Station. In 1865 six additional acres were purchased and in 1867 another twenty-eight acres were added to the property. The first building was erected in 1831 and was replaced when the present main building was commenced in 1872 and completed in 1874. The institution was known as the Washington County Home for the Poor from 1831 to 1883, when separate institutions were built for women and children. Since 1883, families were no longer housed at this facility, and it became known as the Washington County Old Men's Home. The main building is an example of institutional type architecture built in the Second Empire style of architecture. [1]

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