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Coatesville Business District

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Roughly bounded by E. Main (old U.S. 30) and E. Chestnut sts., and N. 1st and N. 3rd aves.

The Lincoln Highway (old U.S. 30) through Coatesville is a compendium of the architectural styles of the industrial age, with Victorian row buildings and handsome Richardsonian Romanesque banks vying for attention with Beaux-Arts and Colonial Revival buildings of the early twentieth century. Modern buildings prove Coatesville's economic vitality rode on the strength of old industry into the 1970s. In emphasizing the style of the moment they contrast with the vernacular architecture of villages in the southwest corner of the county and link these industrial towns to the center of the industrial culture in Philadelphia. As a result, most of the institutions are the works of Philadelphia architects. Thus, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity of 1894 at 379 Lincoln Highway East is by a minor English-born architect, George W. Nattress, who designed numerous Episcopal churches in Philadelphia, and Thomas P. Lonsdale designed the Presbyterian church and adjacent parsonage at 323 Lincoln Highway East in 1891.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Coatesville Business District", [Coatesville, 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, 251-251.

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