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St. Michael's (Russian) Orthodox Church

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1915, Davey and Crowther. 305 Walnut St., Jermyn, 5.6 miles north of Olyphant
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)

Carpathian immigrants to the Northern Anthracite Field brought their traditions about church architecture with them and, as a result, the mid-valley boasts several superb examples of churches designed to replicate, to one degree or another, the Lemk churches of what is now western Ukraine. At St. Michael's, the vernacular tradition of the three-chambered Lemk church, with its structurally distinct narthex, nave, and naos, was translated into three stepped towers. Worthy of comparison are St. John the Baptist (1930, Lester Merritt Davis) in Mayfield (1.6 miles north of Jermyn) and the churches of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Basil the Great in Simpson, north of Carbondale.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "St. Michael's (Russian) Orthodox Church", [Jermyn, 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, 491-492.

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