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Zippo Headquarters and Offices

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1955, Wheeler and Associates. 33 Barbour St.
  • Zippo Headquarters and Offices (Lu Donnelly)

The Zippo headquarters in downtown Bradford is a sleek Moderne building. A three-dimensional sign in the shape of a lighter, bearing the initials of the founder, George G. Blaisdell, rises above the entrance. Across the street, a small single-car garage was the first office space belonging to Zippo. It is identifiable by the Moderne lettering above the garage door and the lighter-shaped streetlights in the adjacent parking lot. The lighters were originally manufactured in the two-story section of the headquarters, which was adapted from an old horse barn in the late 1930s. A three-story section was opened in 1955, and in 1994, the building's original sheathing was replaced with a dark forest-green reflective glass that appears black.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Zippo Headquarters and Offices", [Bradford, 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, 417-417.

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