This stuccoed brick church is dominated by a square central tower flanked by flat-roofed wings with elongated lancet windows. It is a hybrid style with Egyptian Revival massing and cornice and Gothic Revival windows, entrance, and blind arcade. Its mid-1840s building date places it after two famous John Haviland buildings in Philadelphia, the Eastern State Penitentiary (1821–1836), with lancet windows and square castellated towers, and his Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company (1838) in the Egyptian Revival mode. Add to this, Thomas U. Walter's Egyptian Revival debtor's wing of the Philadelphia County Prison (1835), and it is likely that Charles Callahan was looking to Philadelphia for his inspiration. The church has massing similar to the county jails of Ebensburg ( CA3), Clarion ( CL2), and Hollidaysburg ( BL3), two of which (Ebensburg and Hollidaysburg) were designed by Edward Haviland, John's son.
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St. John's Episcopal Church
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