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Struthers Library Theatre

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1883, David K. Dean; 1902, C. W. Terry; 1919, Warren and Wetmore; 1983–1984, Creal and Hyde Architects with Andrew Brooks. 302 W. 3rd Ave.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This three-story multipurpose building donated to the city of Warren by land baron, politician, and foundry operator Thomas Struthers is the core of Warren's cultural life. Built to house a public library, post office, auditorium, and Masonic Hall, it was remodeled in 1919 by Warren and Wetmore of New York to house the 1,100-seat Library Theatre. Charles D. Wetmore had just completed the design for the new library in Warren (see WA7). The architect's father was from Warren and he had many close relatives in town. Restored in 1983 by local architects, the theater continues to attract audiences, as does the shop on the first floor. This eclectic design incorporates a tower with dormers at one corner, a pediment at another, and variously shaped windows. Each story is delineated with a sill course, while the cornice is highlighted with corbeling.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Struthers Library Theatre", [Warren, 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, 405-405.

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