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600 Block of North Webster Avenue

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c. 1898–c. 1920. N. Webster Ave. between Olive and Pine sts.
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )

This block gives a good sense of the development of the Hill as an early-twentieth-century elite neighborhood. The corner is anchored by the frame Victorian Nicholas Rice house at 601 Webster Avenue (1898, Fred J. Amsden). The Flemish-gabled brick house at 607 Webster was built by Scranton architect John A. Duckworth in 1911 as his own home. Next door at 611 Webster Avenue, the A. H. Kramer house (1914, Edward Langley) is of dark brick with steep gables and a green slate roof, while the hipped-roof Martin Linder house (1932) at 613 Webster is a late work by Edward H. Davis. Opposite at 610 Webster Avenue, industrialist Frederick Platt's house (1919) is a homage to early America: a turn-of-the-twentieth-century version of the eighteenth-century Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rendered in yellow brick instead of wood and set atop a hill.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "600 Block of North Webster Avenue", [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, 488-489.

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