The Sturgeon House is a saltbox house dating from around 1838 in Fairview, Erie County PA. The home was built thirty years after the Sturgeon family settled in what is now Fairview, being one the earliest families to pioneer the area. The Sturgeon House is now operated as museum by the Fairview Area Historical Society. It is also known for its distinct shape when seen from the front and that often confused by visitors as the side of the house.
Backstory and Context
The house is a rare example of a saltbox house in northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as a house with a recessed side porch. The house is constructed of "stone foundation walls and topped with heavy timber sills which are notched to receive log form beams." The roof of the house is slanted at an angle of 30 degrees. The front door is framed by a cornice and Federal-style entablature and pilaster.