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Brooks Building

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1896, Lansing C. Holden. 436 Spruce St.
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr. )

Here H. H. Richardson's intensely personal interpretation of the Romanesque Revival is filtered into the realm of the typical urban office building by a New York City architect associated with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and architect of the Scranton Armory (1900; 900 Adams Street). Here multistory bays, topped by oversized arched windows, ripple across a brick mass that erupts, at the important corner of Courthouse Square, into a semicircular entrance bay grounded by a hulking stone base. The original Richardsonian Romanesque building received a later vertical addition. Next door is the neoclassical wall of the Connell Building (129 N. Washington Avenue), a large office building constructed concurrently to Holden's design.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Brooks Building", [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, 483-483.

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