A Tiny 1840’s Cottage in Lancaster Pennsylvania

Sometimes all you need in life is an old house and a cozy life in 550 square feet.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Homeowner David Morales knows this better than most.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

He bought this 1840’s cutie in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from a friend for $18,000. When his friend first rescued the property, it had been abandoned for years.

Today, it’s an adorable city cottage with a bright red front door.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

David tells me the house was originally built for a Ms. Barbara Geish in 1840. It is situated on a 1/4 are lot on the Lincoln Highway (now King Street) in historic Lancaster. Few alterations have been made over the years.

Below you can see the little backyard complete with a couple of trees:

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

This storybook cottage was inventoried by the Historic Preservation Trust in 1985. It is listed as a Germanic 4-bay frame house.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

David says it’s just him who lives here so the 550 square feet is the perfect size for one.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

The main floor plan is very simple: living room in the front, kitchen in the back.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

The Lancaster Amish-made kitchen features old wood floors….

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Exposed brick wall….

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Center island with a deep sink…

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

And a built-in china hutch.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

David says he removed layers of sheetrock and left the original paint on the kitchen walls. Very cool!

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Have a closer look at the old stove:

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Upstairs, there are two pint-sized bedrooms.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

The master bedroom just barely fits a full size bed, which David says was salvaged from the trash.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Nice find!

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

The smaller room has a vintage twin-size bed.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

Since there is no room for closets, David found this Ethan Allen armoire to use for storage.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

The one and only bathroom is behind that white door.

This adorable tiny house was built before tiny was even cool. But for the history-loving individual, this is the perfect little nest.

Lancaster PA historic tiny house

 

Thanks to David for sharing these photos of his wonderful home with us!

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