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Market Street Bridge

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1929, Carrère and Hastings. W. Market St. and the Susquehanna River
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (Photo by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The monumental connection between Wilkes-Barre and its suburban dependency, Kingston, was designed by the firm of Carrère and Hastings with the same refined Beaux-Arts classicism as their New York City Public Library. Its twelve-arch reinforced concrete and granite structure incorporates two pylons topped by giant limestone eagles at each approach. Part of a river-straddling City Beautiful ensemble that includes the Luzerne County Courthouse ( LU15), the 109th Field Artillery Armory (1923, Thomas H. Atherton) at 280 W. Market Street, and F. M. Kirby Park (1922, Olmsted Brothers; 1973 remodeled, Bohlin and Powell) on the west side of the river, it was the last element of the group plan to be realized before the Great Depression set in.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Market Street Bridge", [Wilkes-Barre, 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, 463-464.

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