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U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse

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1930, James Wetmore; 1999, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. 235 N. Washington Ave.

The Bohlin firm added to a stripped classical federal building by drawing it into a larger composition that forms an effective wall for Courthouse Square. A glassy entrance atrium joins the old and new limestone masses together, and creates a new front porch for people-watching along Washington Avenue. The “industrialesque” detailing that characterizes most of Bohlin's recent work is more appropriate here than elsewhere, recalling the steel production of the pre–Great Depression city.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse", [Scranton, 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, 482-483.

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