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Built c. 1844, Simon Truby’s brick home is one of the oldest buildings in Apollo, PA, a town established in 1816.



Brick Patterns

The exterior walls of Simon Truby’s house are 4 bricks deep, and they’re arranged in an American (or common) bond pattern, with 6 rows of lengthwise bricks sandwiched between single rows of crosswise “header” bricks. BrickPattern2The American bond pattern is also seen in the brick houses built by Simon’s brother Capt. Henry Truby of Gilpin Twp. and by Dr. William McCullough at 323 First Street, Apollo.

Brick Patterns

Then And Now

Simon Truby farmhouse, circa 1890, at left. Sometime before 1950, a brick pantry and later a garage was added to what used to be the front of the house. The facade facing Terrace Ave today used to be the back of the house.

Then&Now

Then and Now

Truby Farmland Circa 1890

Simon Truby’s land was mostly undeveloped in 1890. A decade later, the vacant field above the farmhouse became Oak Hill; the field below is now N 8th St. & higher in Apollo, PA.

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Truby farmland circa 1890

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