McCormick | College Heights

The McCormick House

W. D. and Jane C. McCormick
504 Westview Avenue

1946

The McCormick House is believed to be the first home in State College proper to be of the Mid-Century Modern Design. Phil Hallock’s first followed a year later and Bill Hajjar’s first (just two doors down Westview) was not until about 1953.  

W.D.’s father had owned much land in the West College Heights area and sold the land for the White Golf Course to Penn State. He was President of the First National Bank as well so presumably W.D. did not have a problem financing his home, as was the case with Hallock.

Street view of McCormick House

The main entrance door is somewhat hidden in the shadows to the left of the garage.

 
Detailed view of main entrance door.

Detailed view of main entrance door.

 

 

 
Drawing of East facade

This elevation of the East side faces Fairway Avenue. Note the quite large picture window in a style very typical of the period. A master bedroom suite has since been added to the left and glass double doors now replace the window.

 

 

 
Drawing of central part of the West facade

The central part of the West elevation shows a small utility porch for the kitchen to the left. The clerestory window for the great room, a Heidrich trademark, is quite evident at the top.

 
Drawing of North facade

The North elevation facing Westview is still very much as designed (compare to picture 1). The clerestory window peeks from behind the chimney and glass blocks were used to the left of the garage. The main entry to the home is somewhat unexpectedly to the left of the garage.

 
View of the great room towards the main entry

This view of the great room is towards the main entry on Westview. The entry is sunken slightly and there is a closet somewhat hidden to the left of the door. Note the sculptured effect of the fireplace wall, which is still very contemporary. The clerestory window is to the upper left.

 

View of the dining room opposite the main entry

The dining area is opposite the main entry to the great room. While an open floor plan is used, the dining area is clearly distinct from the living area. The hall to the immediate right leads to the bath and bedrooms A door to the far right leads to the kitchen.

 

Street view of McCormick House showing West side and clearstory windows.

Street view of McCormick House showing West side and clearstory windows.