Kerwin House Description Evening Standard August 18, 1933
the I to DUNBAR By D: J. GALDERISI had my take "Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely acutely peaked gables " The quotation is from Hawthorne's "The House of Seven Gables." Many times in the past Hawthorne and the house have come up for discussion in English classes in the borough high school Students often compared the beauty and individuality of the house immortalized immortalized by Hawthorne with that of Kerwin house on Connellsville street. Surely the Kerwin place is just as riginal. Authorities have practically 11 agreed that if Hawthorne hadn't written -his famous book, the house lany gables on a by-street in Salem, proved she 1893 has in World' is d sid re for stayed tfass., would have remained obscure o this day like hundreds of other trangely built houses throughout the Country. Most towns have one thing or another which they take pride in. Dunbar is no exception. Bill and Ed Kerwin, who live in Dunbar's most individual house, both ttended the Borough. They both read Hawthorne's great novel, admiring admiring its literary value. Somehow they weren't so impressed about the House; they lived in an odd one themselves. Bill says that their house has fourteen fourteen sides and is a story and a half high. It also has a" tower, three dormer windows and a number of other nameless architectural whims. The porch forms the arc of a quarter circle across the house front which seems to flare out like a fan, ging in and out. The house, when seen in the haziness of dusk or always appears ready to fold up disappear. At night it looms like a miniature castle, lacking only drawbridge drawbridge and moat. The tiny windows in the tower blink Â·uncertainly when- ever they are hit by chance rays of light. One wonders if the house was designed designed carefully by an architect, or whether a good carpenter inspired began to build haphazardly. To the people in Dunbar the Kerwin bouse is just as fascinating as "The House Amer- j of Seven Gables" is to the Salem.