Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Wilkes-Barre, PA North Tour (9/22/2020)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (continued)
We crossed Market Street to start the North Tour of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Spring Brook Water Supply Company Building
(1910, by Welsh, Sturdevant & Poggi in
Neoclassical Revival style)
Masonic Temple façade
Irem Temple (1907-1908, by F Willard Puckey in
Moorish Revival style as the Shriner auditorium
Irem Temple façade
First United Methodist Church (1883, by Bruce Price
with elements of French Gothic and Romanesque styles) 
First United Methodist Church portal;
the building no longer functions as a church
Kirby Health Center Annex (1883, by Bruce Price
for his aunt in Queen Anne style)
Kirby Memorial Health Center (1930, by Thomas Atherton)
Pennsylvania Millers Mutual Insurance Company (1935,
in Art Moderne style with Colonial revival motifs)
Beaumont Block (1893, by Albert H Kipp)
Beaumont Block detail (KSS)
Stickney Block (1887, by William W Neuer
with Gothic Palladian elements)
Dickson Row (1904, by Albert H Kipp)
King's College Administration Building (1913,
by Daniel H Burnham as headquarters of
Lehigh Valley Coal Company
Valiant Veteran (1988, by Gerhard F Baut) of
the Luzerne County Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Luzerne County Korean War Memorial (1992) includes
a memorial to the local soldiers who died in a train crash
at Coshocton, OH on 9/11/1950
Cast iron deer (c 1850s) from Public Square
Anchors from the USS Wilkes-Barre, a cruiser
launched in 1943 and served in the Pacific
Luzerne County Court House (1909, by F J Osterling
in Beaux Arts style)
Our Lady of Fatima Blessed Grotto (1960)
Memorial Presbyterian Church (1872, by
Edward Kendall in Gothic Revival style) (KSS)
This church is now the Chapel of Christ the King at King's College. It was locked up, so we could not see the three Tiffany stained glass windows, nor the anthracite altar (1954) carved by the African-American coal sculptor C Edgar Patience.
American Song (1988, by Eric V Parks) is
dedicated to King's College Glee Club
Director, Bronis Voveris
Polish Union Building (1936, by Joseph E Fronczak
in Art Deco style)
Blue Cross Operations Center (1946, by
L Vern Lacy and Thomas Atherton for
Wyoming Valley Veterans in International style)
A local pointed out the former warehouse of Boscov's
New and old James M Coughlin High School
(1912, by Owen McGlynn in Beaux Arts style)
Former electric utility building was later home
of the Wilkes-Barre Press Club and hosted
visits by President William Howard Taft
and Admiral Robert Peary
Quad Three Group (1925, by Schmitt & Schroeder as
the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge - note eagle near top)
After lunch, we were back on the south side of Wilkes-Barre.
Boscov's Department Store: in 1980 Boscov's bought
Fowler, Dick & Walker/The Boston Store chain
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery was
holding a "Drawn to Abstraction Exhibition"
Blue Disc on Green Ground (1966, by Adolph Gottlieb)
Sunrise (1965, by Roy Lichtenstein)
Interactive art After "Fenice"
(2020, by Piero Dorazio)
Plate IX, Album 13 (1948, by Joan Miró)
Untitled (1966, by Robert Motherwell)
Tamiko in the feminist display (KSS)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1845)
is the oldest church in Wilkes-Barre
St Nicholas German Catholic Church (1887, by
William Schickel in High Victorian Gothic style)
M J McLaughlin Company (1928 as a purpose-
built funeral service facility that remains
the principal business location today)
St Mary's Roman Catholic Church (1872, by E F Durang
with a Baroque façade)
Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Building (2005) incorporates
two terra-cotta relief figures that were salvaged from the
International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union Health Center
Terra-cotta heroic figure of a garment worker
The second terra-cotta heroic figure
Wilkes-Barre City Hall (1893, by
William E Neuer and Benjamin Davey, Jr
in a combination of architectural styles)
Stegmaier Federal Building (1890-1913
as the Stegmaier Brewing Company)
Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad Station (1868,
in Victorian Italianate style) was used by the
Central Railroad of New Jersey until 1972
Before leaving Wilkes-Barre, a stop to see Roadside America:
Three-O-Nina, who has stood along Highway 309 since 1967
Now we finished driving across Pennsylvania to Shaker Heights, OH.
Next: Acacia Reservation Wildflowers.