Still architecturally intact, the house features stained glass fleur-de-lis sidelights and original wrought iron chandeliers in the front entrance. Tall pairs of pocket doors open into north and south parlors where fireplace mantels are adorned in classical details on the first floor. The central hall stair leads to the second floor where the history library, archives room, and office area are located. Cherry and quarter-sawn oak pattern woodwork and mission-style mantles enhance the rooms, once used as bedrooms and a nursery. A winding stair leads to the attic.
The Gallagher HouseHome of the California Area Historical Society
MISSION STATEMENTTO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE OF THE LAND AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ITS SETTLERSTO BRING TOGETHER THOSE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LOCAL HISTORYTO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE HERITAGE OF THE AREA
HOURSTue., Wed.,Thur.,9:00 am - 3:00 pm724.938.3250
ADDRESS429 Wood StreetPO Box 624California, PA 15419
OFFICERSPresident…………..…..Mary Beth GrafVice President………………Pat CowenSecretary…………..…….….Kathi Swan Treasurer……….……..…Gerald CowenMember at Large ………….Gary GreggADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERSIsabelle Anderson, Robert Harris, Ellen Hasbrouck,B. Kirk Holman, Jeanne Gillis King, Mary Elaine Lozosky, Eleanor Petroff, Audrey Winfield
Thanks to the generosity of Kirk HOLMAN and family, the Gallagher House now has a yard sign to identify our location. Given in memory of Kirk’s parents — W. Byron & Merrell (Edwards) HOLMAN, the sign eliminates the dilemma of where to turn off Route 88 when visiting the Society. See more photographs and the lovely landscaping below.
In Memory of Merrell (Edwards) HOLMAN, 1920—2010.W. Byron HOLMAN—1919—2003.Photographed at California University of Pennsylvania, Presidential Gala, 1997. , .
Historical Society Sign, Kirk HOLMAN.(Photo courtesy: Edgar A. Harris, Sr.)
Thesigniscarved,sculpted,gold-gildedlettersonanemerald-forestgreenbackground.Itwashandcraftedby Danthonia,anAustralianfirmrecommendedtousbyBruderhofCommunitiesofFarmington,PA.Danthoniauseda high-densityAmerican-madeurethanewhichiswaterproof,insectproofandfireretardant.Thesignwasshipped freetotheSociety,andStacySkerbetzofDHREnterprisersinstalledthesignandlandscapedtheGallagherHouse gardens.Thegardensconsistofavarietyofhorticulturaldelights:boxwood,silverswordazaleas,button cornflowers,miniaturehollyhocks,chrysanthemums,barberrybushes,hostas,corabelles,andsedum.Wewill enjoy the plantings for many years to come.