Millionaires Row, “Dr. Randall Hipple”, Historic District
Millionaires Row Historic District Map (pdf)
The Millionaires Row Historic District is a Nationally Registered Historic District with distinctive buildings significant to our history.
The HARB Review Process
The Williamsport Historical Architectural Review Board reviews all exterior repairs, renovations, and construction planned in the District. If your property is in the District, you must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) before performing exterior alterations, repairs, improvements, demolitions or construction. There is no fee for a HARB review.
Applications for a HARB Review can be downloaded here or obtained at City Hall, Community Development, 245 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA, Monday through Friday. An application requires a detailed work description, photographs of the building, photographs of the work area, and samples, brochures or other information about the materials you plan to use. You or your representative must attend the meeting to explain the work.
If you want to replace a historic feature, such as windows, porch railings or wood siding, slate or to demolish a structure, you must document the condition of the feature or structure and support your request for replacement or removal. New construction, including additions or garages, requires detailed drawings and plans and must be compatible with the property and district in general .
HARB sends a recommendation regarding your proposal to City Council. City Council is the official body issuing Certificates of Appropriateness. If you disagree with HARB’s recommendation, you have the right to discuss your application with City Council.
Due Date for Applications
Applications, with supporting documentation, are due by 12:00 PM the Wednesday before the meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Meeting Time and Location
HARB reviews applications in Trade and Transit Center II, 144 West Third Street, at 6:30 PM, usually on the third Tuesday of each month. Call Community Development to verify meeting dates and your position on the Agenda.
Basis for the HARB Review
HARB bases its review on the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The Standards can be found at the National Parks Service pages. HARB also offers a Property Owners Guide to Reviews (see below) that can help you determine what is appropriate and what is not.
The Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
Only items listed on a COA are approved and COA’s do expire. Approved work must begin within six months of the COA date and be completed within two years. The COA is not a Building Permit. A Building Permit is a separate application you obtain from the Bureau of Codes.
Review the following for information on the National Register District, the recently adopted List of Williamsport Historic Properties & Sites “Outside of the District” and find suggestions for Retaining Historic Character for all older buildings
List of Williamsport Historic Properties & Sites not in Mill Row Historic District (outside of the Historic District) Your home or building may be listed!
Welcome to Williamsport-A Short History
Once the “Lumber Capital of the World,” Williamsport had more millionaires per population than any city and hosted such notables as Diamond Jim Brady, Mark Twain and Lillian Russell. Founded by Michael Ross it became a city in 1866. Between 1860 and 1870, its population tripled, partly through the annexation of neighboring Newberry, with out its resident’s knowledge.
“The lumber industry spurred the growth of other industries and by 1890 there were over 27,000 residents. One of the most remarkable was Peter Herdic. He owned large tracts of land and many businesses including the finest hotel in town, the Herdic House, (800 W 4th). The major (architectural) survivals from this period are the rich and varied architectural gems along West Fourth Street. Here lumber barons erected mansions designed to flaunt their wealth and impress their neighbors. They spent as freely on the interiors as they did on the exteriors, filling their homes with grand staircases, polished wood, intricate mantelpieces and works of art. A walk westward will…take you by architectural styles called Italian Villa, Queen Anne, Victorian Romanesque, Second Empire, Gothic Revival, and others”. Dr. John F. Piper Jr.
Historic Properties Rehabilitation Program
(For property on the Historic Sites List or in the Adopted Historic District) Call to check inclusion on these lists or download the list and map posted above. PHARE funds are limited and provided as a 0% interest, 10 year forgiveness grant. The program requires a minimum 15% property owner funding participation and has owner occupant – tenant occupant income requirements.
Complete the form to apply for the Rental Rehabilitation PHARE or Historic Property PHARE Program, or call our office at 570-327-7514.