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Cameron County Junior Senior High School

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1953; 1962 addition, Raymond Viner Hall. 601 Woodland Ave.

This school serves students in grades 7–12 in a T-shaped building, with a long, low, angular classroom wing intersecting with a taller, rounded auditorium and gymnasium unit. Contrasts between the two wings are clear in everything from construction materials to function. Hall was the architect for both the original design and the addition, which increased the floor space by 21,000 square feet and the student capacity from 326 to a total of 1,086. He used cast-concrete blocks in three ways: as decorative wall sections filled with colored tiles, as louvers without infill, and as light sources when filled with glass block. The prefabricated sculptured block was economical and versatile, and Hall varied the pattern for each of the twenty-seven schools he designed in Pennsylvania. Block panels highlight entrances and outline auditoriums.

Hall also designed the Woodland Elementary School (1962–1963; 601 Woodland Avenue) directly behind the Junior Senior High School, and they share the same recreational spaces. His design for Legion Memorial Hall (1950; 300 S. Walnut Street) was built by contractor E. M. Riegel, and has a distinctive slanted stone entrance fin that Hall often used on clubs and corporate buildings he designed. Between 1950 and 1955, Hall designed half-a-dozen houses on Pine Tree Road and Huckleberry Circle in an area of Emporium called Sylvan Heights. Several single-story, flat-roofed houses remain, although they have been significantly altered.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Cameron County Junior Senior High School", [Emporium, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 436-437.

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