Baker Mansion

Category
Historical
Details

3419 Oak Lane, Altoona, PA 16602
Website: www.blairhistory.org

Baker Mansion, a historic Greek-revival style 28 room mansion, is known as a museum of Central Pennsylvania History. It is now the home of the Blair County Historical Society.

Built in 1849, the exterior walls of Baker Mansion are faced in limestone, originally faced in lead, and much of the decorative work is made of iron, cast at the Alleghany Furnace. Inside, the house features black walnut woodwork, fireplaces of Italian marble, and a suite of hand-carved oak furniture imported from Belgium.

Another part of the Baker Family History and now an important piece of Historic Central Pennsylvania is what is now known as “America’s Oldest Gasoline Station”, built in 1909 as a Blacksmith Shop. This Gasoline Station is sill in operation in Altoona, PA.