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The Estate (Joseph H. Scranton House)

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Joseph H. Scranton House
1867, Russell Sturgis. 4 Ridge Row
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )

Only fragments remain of once magnificent Ridge Row, where the mansions of the Scranton family overlooked the furnaces of their Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company ( LK12). The former Joseph Scranton estate, tucked within its walled compound, is the most significant remnant of this Gilded Age cityscape. New York City architect Sturgis is best known for his Ruskinian Gothic work, making this Second Empire–style mansion, now part of the University of Scranton, an exception in his career.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "The Estate (Joseph H. Scranton House)", [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, 488-488.

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