Now the home of the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts (SCCA), the Frank D. Yuengling Mansion was constructed in 1913 and was a private residence owned by the Yuengling family until 1978. The three-story Tudor-Jacobethan Revival mansion contains over 20 rooms and its early 20th century granduer has been maintained by the SCCA which uses the mansion for its cultural center and educational facility dedicated to the “support and promotion of the arts, educational, historical and cultural heritage of Schuylkill County.” The mansion also features two acres of lanscaped grounds, a carriage house and gazebo. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Yuengling, born into the famous family of brewers in 1876 and assumed management
of the D.G. Yuengling Brewery in 1899 upon the death of his father, Frederick. The brewery had been established by his
grandfather, David, in 1829 and is considered to be the oldest, continuously
operating brewery in America. Soon after
Frank assumed control of the brewery, he began to make plans to build a home
befitting of his status. He hired
Reading architect, Harry Maurer, in 1912 to design a large, Tudor style mansion
with Jacobethan accents and Maurer did not fail him.
designed a three-story home with an exterior that featured a gable roof, balconies,
upper floors of brick, stucco and half-timbers, large porches, stone trim and
leaded windows. Inside, the mansion
contains over 20 rooms with eight on the first floor which includes a massive
foyer that extends the length of the house to a large porch in the rear. The foyer’s most impressive features are the
large carved stone fireplace and open staircase. The first floor also is home to the Braun
Music Room with its lovely craved wooden mantel, a dining room, living room
with mahagony paneling, study, kitchen and butler’s pantry. The remaining rooms take up the second and
third floors while a billardroom and wine cellar occupy the basement. On the grounds, the Yuenglings added a sunken
garden with decorative statues, walkway and sundial.
his wife, Augusta, moved into the mansion in 1914 and Frank, a graduate of
Princeton, came to control much of what went on in Pottsville. At one time or another, he served as
president of the Pennsylvania National Bank and Trust Company, Yuengling Realty
Company, Pottsville Feed Company and the Yuengling Securities Corporation. However, he is best remembered as the manager
of Yuengling and Sons Brewery for 64 years.
He died in 1963 at the age of 89.