40 & 42 N. Third Street: Easton PA

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Number 40 North Third Street in historic downtown Easton is occupied by Sweet Girlz bakery.  The 3 1/2 story red brick building next to Easton Electronics was the residence in the 1880s and 1890s of Col. W. H. Armstrong and his family (Richard F. Hope, Easton History).  Hope indicated the “Second Empire” style Mansard Roof may have been added by Armstrong, and that the entryway and entablature may be remnants of an original Greek Revival style popular prior to the Civil War.  After Armstrong’s death in 1896, his wife and family moved out and the house was rented until in 1916 it was sold.

Kari Kirchgessner and Jill Fuls opened Sweet Girlz in the commercial space in 2011.  Rand and I enjoyed cupcakes in the bakery one morning.

Number 42 North Third Street, on the corner, was the Charles Coburn Residence.  Hope described it as

3-story brown brick front building with oriel window on second floor, dental [sic] roof cornice, and decorative window and front door entablature.  The architectural style has been identified as “Greek Revival” with “Victorian features.”

Hope indicated it is likely that the house was originally built by John Shick, and that he sold it to Charles Coburn in 1840.  Coburn occupied the house 1852-1881 and operated a restaurant, saloon, and grocery story from the house.  At his death, his son continued to live in the house, and established Charles Coburn & Son grocery in the house.  The second door (to the left and closest to Sweet Girlz) was added in the 1960s.

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