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Samuel Sloan (architect)

Samuel Sloan
"Longwood" (Haller Nutt mansion), Natchez, Mississippi (1859-62, unfinished).
Born March 7, 1815
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Died July 19, 1884
Raleigh, North Carolina
Occupation Architect
Buildings -Kirkbride's Insane Asylum, Philadelphia
-Longwood, Natchez
-Bartram Hall, Philadelphia (demolished)

Samuel Sloan (March 7, 1815 – July 19, 1884)[1] was a Philadelphia-based architect and best-selling author of architecture books in the mid-19th century. He specialized in Italianate villas and country houses, churches, and institutional buildings. His most famous building—the octagonal mansion "Longwood" in Natchez, Mississippi—is unfinished; construction was abandoned during the American Civil War.


  • Biography 1
  • Architectural work (partial listing) 2
    • Philadelphia buildings 2.1
    • Other Pennsylvania buildings 2.2
    • New Jersey and Delaware buildings 2.3
    • Buildings elsewhere 2.4
  • Books 3
  • References 4


Born on March 7, 1815, in Honeybrook Township,[2] Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of William Sloan and Mary Kirkwood, Sloan trained as a carpenter and came to Philadelphia in the mid-1830s. He is said to have worked with John Haviland on Eastern State Penitentiary and with Isaac Holden on the former Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane.

Samuel Sloan married Mary Pennell in 1843. Their children were Ellwood Pennell, Howard L., Laura W., and Ada. He had three grandchildren by his eldest son, Ellwood. They were Maurice, Helen and Samuel A. Sloan.[3]

By 1851, Sloan had won a commission for the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, courthouse and jail, and designed Andrew Eastwick's villa "Bartram Hall" near the site of Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. These successes prompted him to begin to list his vocation as "architect".

Clinton County Courthouse, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (1869). Samuel Sloan & Addison Hutton, architects.

Sloan became a prolific author on architecture most notably for The Model Architect as well as City and Suburban Architecture and Sloan's Constructive Architecture (1859). In 1861, he wrote Sloan's Homestead Architecture and American Houses, and A Variety of Designs for Rural Buildings. Sloan also reached thousands of potential customers through the pages of Godey's Lady's Book, which began publishing his designs in 1852.

"The man who has a home," wrote Sloan in 1871, "feels a love for it a thankfulness for its possession and a proportionate determination to uphold and defend it against all invading influences. Such a man is, of necessity . . . a good citizen; for he has a stake in society."[4]

Economic downturns in the late 1850s as well as the

  1. ^ a b c d e "Death of Mr. Samuel Sloan" (56).  
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  3. ^ U. S. Census, 1880
  4. ^ "Home Values are Down and Not Just at the Bank", an article by Alexander B. Hoffman, The Washington Post, July 2008.
  5. ^ Carla Yanni, The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2007, 117
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  7. ^ Church of the Savior
  8. ^ : Woodland Terrace at Historic American Buildings Survey
  9. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes George E. Thomas (June 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Hamilton Family Estate" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
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  21. ^ Connecticut Valley Hospital, National Register of Historic Places application, August 29, 1985,
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  23. ^ Seifert, Laura (October 1985). "Historic home filled with special touches". midAtlantic Antiques Magazine (hardcopy) II (10). 
  24. ^ The NCSU Libraries. "Sloan, Samuel (1815-1884) : NC Architects & Builders : NCSU Libraries". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  25. ^ "This Private Agency Stays Busy Rescuing Valuable Old Structures". We the people of North Carolina (hardcopy). XXXVII (6). June 1979. 
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  27. ^ websites for these buildings


  • Samuel Sloan, The Model Architect, Volume One: A Series of Original Designs for Cottages, Villas, Suburban Residences, Etc. ISBN 0-923891-85-4
  • Samuel Sloan, The Model Architect, Vol. 2 ISBN 0-923891-86-2
  • Harold N. Cooledge, Samuel Sloan: Architect of Philadelphia, 1815-1884 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986) ISBN 0-923891-64-1


Winter Place, Montgomery, Alabama (1855)

Buildings elsewhere

  • Town Plan, Riverton, NJ - 1851
  • St Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Odessa, DE - 1852
  • Camden County Court House, Camden, NJ – 1852
  • Sheriff's House and Jail, 2nd St., New Castle, DE - 1857
  • Dr. Peter Campbell house, Shrewsbury, NJ - c.1860
  • George Allen house, 720 Washington St. Cape May, NJ – 1863 (based on a published Sloan design)
  • West Presbyterian Church, NE corner W. Commerce & Giles Sts., Bridgeton, NJ - 1868-1877
  • Town Hall, Middletown, DE – 1869
  • Additions to New Jersey State Capitol (new wings), Trenton, NJ - 1871
  • Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, (a Kirkbride Plan building), Morristown, NJ – 1871[15]
  • Greystone Photo Album, circa 1899, Morris Plains, N.J. - history and photography (Morristown and Morris Township Public Library, N.J.)
George Allen house, Cape May, New Jersey (1863).

New Jersey and Delaware buildings

  • Delaware County Courthouse, Media, PA (considered his first commission) - 1849
  • Chester County municipal buildings – 1849
  • Lancaster County Court House, Lancaster, PA - 1852[11]
  • Fulton Opera House, (Originally named Fulton Hall), Lancaster, PA - 1852[12]
  • Residence, NE corner of Church & Miner Sts., West Chester, PA – 1854
  • The High Street School, Gettysburg, PA - 1857
  • Church of St. James the Greater (Bristol), Bristol, PA - 1857
  • Asa Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe, PA - 1859-61
  • "Faunbrook", residence of William Baldwin, 699 Rosedale Ave., West Chester, PA – 1860
  • (Old) Lycoming County Courthouse (destroyed), Williamsport, PA - 1861
  • Eli Slifer house, 1 River Rd., Lewisburg, PA – 1861[13]
  • Venango County Courthouse, Franklin, PA (with Addison Hutton) - 1868
  • Clinton County Courthouse, Lock Haven, PA (with Addison Hutton) - 1869
  • East Hall (The Academy Building), Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA – 1872[14]
  • Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, Glenmoore, PA - 1875
  • Westmoreland County Courthouse, Greensburg, PA - 1883
  • Old Main: first building of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Campus (then called Cumberland Valley State Normal School), Shippensburg, PA - 1870-1873.
Lancaster County Court House, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1852)

Other Pennsylvania buildings

Allison Mansion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1860)
  • "Bartram Hall", residence of Andrew M. Eastwick, 54th St. & Lindburgh Blvd., Philadelphia PA – 1850 (demolished)[6]
  • Workman’s Housing Rows (2), in association with Joseph Harrison, Jr., Philadelphia, PA - 1853
  • John Piper house, 129 Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA - 1854
  • Fayette School, Old Bustleton and Welsh Rds., Bustleton, Philadelphia, PA - 1855
  • Joseph Harrison Jr. residence, 221 S. 18th St. (East Rittenhouse Square), Philadelphia, PA - 1855 (demolished)
  • Masonic Hall, 700 block Chestnut St., Philadelphia - 1855, burned 1886
  • Episcopal Church of the Savior, 38th & Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA - 1856 (destroyed by fire 1902, rebuilt within surviving stone walls)[7]
  • Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Department for Males (Kirkbride's Insane Asylum), 49th & Market Sts., Philadelphia - 1856-59
  • Polite Temple Baptist Church (Germantown), Philadelphia – date not known
  • "Woodland Terrace", 501-519, 500-520 Woodland Terrace, Philadelphia, PA; suburban development built for Charles M. S. Leslie - 1861[8]
  • 400 S. 40th Street and 4000 and 4002 Pine Street in the Hamilton Family Estate - 1853-1863[9]
  • Allison Mansion, 4207 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104[10] - c.1860
Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Kirkbride's Insane Asylum)(1856-59)

Philadelphia buildings

Architectural work (partial listing)

Designated U.S. National Historic Landmarks:

Architects associated with Sloan include: Charles M. Autenrieth (1828–1906), Edward Collins (1821–1902), Willis G. Hale (1848–1907), Addison Hutton (1834–1916), John S. Stewart and Thomas Webb Richards (1836–1911), and Isaac Pursell (1853–1910).

Sloan enjoyed some later success in North Carolina, opening an office in [2]

[5] System".Kirkbride Plan Sloan ended up building about 20 hospitals for the insane based on the "[1]

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