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Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Company (Protected Home Circle)

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Protected Home Circle
1936, Walker and Weeks. 30 E. State St.

For 114 years, the home office of the Protected Home Circle (PHC; after 1964, the Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Company) has been in Sharon. Founded as a fraternal organization, which pooled the members' money to pay death benefits, the group also provided educational, cultural, and social opportunities for their members. In 1936, a disastrous fire destroyed their earlier home, and the PHC board commissioned the Cleveland firm of Walker and Weeks to design a new building. The seven-bay, white brick, four-story Art Deco building, oriented toward the Shenango River, has a central tower with setbacks ornamented with chevrons and the company's emblem, a mother eagle protecting her offspring, painted above the riverside entrance. Protected Life's building is echoed on the river's western bank by the six-bay, three-story, limestone Winner International Building (former First Western Bank, c. 1930; 32 W. State Street).

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Company (Protected Home Circle)", [Sharon, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-ME11.

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, 540-541.

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