Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Goundie House

1810 Goundie House ©Paul-S.-Bartholomew

View this site that is believed to be the first brick residence in Bethlehem and the first private home to reflect the new architectural American Federal style.

About the Goundie House

The 1810 Goundie House, built by Moravian town brewer and businessman John Sebastian Goundie, is believed to be the first brick residence in Bethlehem and the first private home to reflect the new architectural American Federal style rather than the German Colonial style. Today, the Goundie House is a contributing property to the Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District.

A distinctive feature of the home is the beehive baking oven connected to the kitchen fireplace on the first floor that does not extend on the exterior of the building.

The house was saved from demolition in the 1960s by Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Martin who sat on the stoop to stop the wrecking ball. It has been restored to its 1810 appearance both on the exterior and interior.

1810 Goundie House Entrance ©Paul S. Bartholomew 0910017

In 1832, Mr. Goundie built a connecting structure to his home as a dry goods store managed by his daughter and son-in-law, John Schropp. In 1852, Goundie sold the property to Louis Beckel, who enlarged the building adding a third floor and decorative elements in the 1880s.

In the mid 2000s, when Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites restored the façade and made interior renovations to the Schropp Shop, the original doorway between the Goundie House and the store was discovered and opened to allow visitors to walk between the spaces. In addition, the 1870s pressed tin ceiling was uncovered and restored.

In 2011, the garden was restored as a charming green space in the middle of the downtown. Today, this historic brick residence houses temporary exhibits that share the stories of Bethlehem’s past.

Plan Your Visit


Featuring the Marche Maison Vintage Market!

*Please call 1-800-360-TOUR to schedule an appointment.


Thousands of people have walked these streets, farmed these lands, built these buildings and industries. Thousands of stories, thousands of lives to cherish.

Join a community of people who share our mission to preserve:

  • 20 historic structures
  • 60,000+ collections and artifacts
  • 3 centuries of rich history

What's Happening?

Marche Maison's Vintage Market

 The Goundie House is transformed each season by the current two resident vendors: Marche Maison and My 3 Girls. Shop unique gifts, home decor, jewelry, vintage items, handmade and more.

Located within the
1810 Goundie House
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