Armstrong House at Cheyney University

Artefact, Inc. partnered with C.F. Portner Architects to renovate Armstrong House as a small museum for Cheyney University.

The late 18th century house, located 25 miles west of Philadelphia on the edge of Cheyney’s campus, is a uniquely important building for the university because of its connection to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.  A hidden stair in the basement leads to a sub-basement room that likely sheltered escaping slaves.

Armstrong House had fallen into very poor condition after being abandoned for some time.  The restoration project brought it back to its mid 19th century appearance, removing inappropriate flat-roofed additions and other modern alterations.  Artefact conducted research into the building’s history and and developed the design for restoration while C.F. Portner produced the construction documents.


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