Here's a little background information to supplement our recent old boat story on the White Eagle II. If you remember, the owners, Gary and Sue DeVore, had to balance their houseboat project with other projects like the Lynn Hall restoration. What exactly is this project?
Lynn Hall was the name given to the large home and business center of a North West Pennsylvania contractor-builder named Walter Hall. He was an early practitioner of what is now referred to as the “Prairie Style.”
Hall envisioned it as a “country inn” and his organic design incorporates a multitude of levels constructed of stonework. It is described as an “architectural treasure.”
Construction began in the early 1930s. But before it was finished, Hall was selected to be the contractor for Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. He was chosen because of his design of Lynn Hall.
His son, Raymond Viner Hall, became a renowned architect and lived in the house, which was under construction until 1971.
Eventually the house was abandoned and it sat empty for almost 25 years before Sue and Gary DeVore bought it in 2013. They estimate it will take five to seven years to restore. Their current goal is to protect it from further weather damage while they live in a cottage on grounds that was in better shape than the main building.
Lynn Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To see photos of this unusual structure and for more information, go to www.lynnhall-restoration.com.