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Trader Joe's (Eleventh Infantry Pennsylvania National Guard Armory)

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Eleventh Infantry Pennsylvania National Guard Armory
1908, William L. Price, of Price and McLanahan. 10 E. State St.

William Price's massive stone fortification would appear to conflict with his Quaker beliefs as evidenced seven years later, when he wrote a tract, “Peace Man or War Man,” advocating William Penn's pacifist position even as Western Europe descended into war. Perhaps the project was rendered palatable by the opportunity to design a play castle with battlements along the parapet that screens the economical steel trusses that span the great hall. If swords can be beaten into plowshares, why should it now be a surprise to see an armory turned into a Trader Joe's?

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Trader Joe's (Eleventh Infantry Pennsylvania National Guard Armory)", [Media, 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, 222-223.

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