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Boal Mansion
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The mansion in 2013
Boal Mansion is located in Pennsylvania
Boal Mansion
Location in Pennsylvania
Boal Mansion is located in the United States
Boal Mansion
Location in the United States
Location U.S. Route 322 and Pennsylvania Route 45 in Boalsburg, Harris Township, Pennsylvania
Area 38 acres (15 ha)
Built 1809-1820, 1898-1905
Architectural style Beaux Arts, Georgian
NRHP reference No. 78002361
Added to NRHP December 4, 1978

Boal Mansion is a historic home located at Boalsburg, Harris Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The original pioneer cabin was built in 1809 and was a simple 1 1/2 story stone house. It was incorporated as the kitchen and kitchen hall, when the house was expanded shortly after that. This expansion is a two-story, stone house in the Georgian style. It measures 30 feet by 50 feet and has a side hall plan. The house was expanded again between 1898 and 1905 by Theodore Davis Boal, and introduced some Beaux-Arts style design. The main facade was expanded from three to five bays. The collection on display includes the Admiral's desk of Columbus, a lock of hair of Napoleon and two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus, as well as carriages, tools and weapons of eight generations of Boals. Also on the property is the Columbus Chapel (sixteenth century, imported from Spain in 1909), a hipped roof carriage house (1898), Boal Barn (now a summer theater) and silo, a stone smoke house, and two outdoor fireplaces. The house is open as a historic house museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Nittany Theatre at the Barn

Barn is a theatre on the Boal Mansion property which is used as a playhouse during the summer months by the Nittany Theatre at the Barn. There are usually around 6 plays/musicals a summer with professional and local actors and actresses as well as smaller theater projects. Playwrights at local Penn State have also been known to have premieres, read throughs and dress rehearsals at the Barn.


  • Lu Donnelly et al., "Boal House", Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,
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