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Recitation Hall

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1891, T. Roney Williamson

Long after serpentinite had fallen out of favor with Philadelphia architects, it was still used at West Chester, including for this cubic classroom building crowned by a great pyramidal roof. The tiny hints of Gothic in the cornice are the sole reflections of its architect's personality and demonstrate that state funding rarely achieved memorable design.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Recitation Hall", [West Chester, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 247-247.

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