Here is a "Then and Now" version of the same structure. Today we all recognize the photo on the right as the Graft-Jacquillard Funeral Home on the corner of Pittsburgh and Chestnut. The image on the left shows the original Victorian design before it was changed to its more colonial design in the 1940's.
The Victorian home was the residence of J. Kennedy, President of the Scottdale Brewing Company. In 1922 Murphy and Son purchased the home to house their eight rooms of Furniture and one room Funeral business. In time the Murphy and sons moved their growing Furniture business to a three story showroom in the 100 block of Pittsburgh Street and turned the 303 Pittsburgh Street into a dedicated funeral home. By 1974 Murphy and son Funeral home was one of the oldest known homes in the United States used exclusively for funeral services. That history has been continued by Graft-Jacquillard.
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