The Structural History of the Jacob Bachmann Tavern

by Jack R. Kayser, Lafayette College, Easton, United States,
Kristina Lammi, Lafayette College, Easton, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII

Abstract:

The Jacob Bachmann Tavern is located in Easton, Pennsylvania. It is a collection of four interconnected buildings that have been constructed and modified over a period of 240 years. Structural cracks have developed in one of the earliest masonry walls. In order to evaluate these cracks, a study was carried out to determine the construction sequence of the buildings. Historical evidence was gathered from the structure as well as from tax, insurance and ownership records. The original tavern is a limestone masonry building, built by Jacob Bachmann in 1753. The stone workmanship is not good, particularly along the foundation of the east wall. In 1762 the tavern was acquired by George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.



Subject Headings: History | Walls | Foundation settlement | Taxation | Insurance | Foundation construction | Limestone | Masonry | Pennsylvania | United States

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