Boal Mansion is a historic home located at Boalsburg, Harris Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The original pioneer cabin was built in 1809 and was a simple 1 1/2 story stone house. It was incorporated as the kitchen and kitchen hall, when the house was expanded shortly after that. This expansion is a two-story, stone house in the Georgian style. It measures 30 feet by 50 feet and has a side hall plan. The house was expanded again between 1898 and 1905, and introduced some Beaux-Arts style design. The main facade was expanded from three to five bays.
Backstory and Context
The Boal Barn is used as a playhouse during the summer months by the Nittany Players at the Boal Barn Playhouse. There are usually around 6 plays/musicals a summer with local actors and actresses as well as smaller theater projects. Playwrights at local Penn State have also been known to have premieres, read throughs and dress rehearsals at Boal Barn.