|Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oyer House is located approximately 20 minutes from State College and Penn State University in a beautiful rural setting on 2+/- acres.
The house, a stuccoed stone, four over four, five bay excellent example of Federal architecture, was built c. 1825-1830. Four prominent chimneys service seven fireplaces, all with their period mantles.
The interior is in an unusually fine state of preservation, with original baseboards, chairrails, chimney cabinets, and hardware, including period box locks and door latches. But it is the quality "and the superb original condition of a large amount of decorative painting found throughout the house"* which makes it unique in this area. All the doors facing the first and second floor halls are trompe l'oeil versions of exotic woods as are all the chimney cabinets. The baseboards in each major room exhibit various simulated marble patterns. In the back parlor, under layers of old wall paper, was discovered rows of stenciling, from floor to ceiling, in various states of preservation.
All new mechanicals, wiring and plumbing, were added from 1990 to the present, as the house, when found, had none of these amenities. A new roof, an outbuilding serving as a two car garage and a sun-room were constructed at this time. When the original six dormers were replaced, two large rooms, bath and galley kitchen made a third floor suite, completing the 5 bedroom 3 1/2 bath house.
Hidden in its peaceful, private rural enclave, near large areas of state forests, parks and famous fishing and hunting areas, this unique house is within an easy drive of a major university and the cultural assets it affords.
Every effort has been made to restore this house with a restrained hand and a "less is more" philosolphy in close conversation with the National Register to be sure its architectural integrity was carefully respected.
*Brown, Ann Echert. "American Wall Stenciling 1790-1840" Univ. Press of New England, 2003, P.108-10.