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Luzerne County Prison

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1866–1867, John McArthur Jr.; 1981 additions, Grad Partnership. 99 Water St.

The Luzerne County Jail, a massive castellated Gothic structure, continues the tradition established by John Haviland's Eastern State Penitentiary ( PH126). Built of local yellow Campbell's Ledge sandstone, it was enlarged in 1981 with a central towered block that recalls Moyamensing Prison, a work of McArthur's mentor, Thomas Walter. It continues to function in its historic role—much to the dismay of its inmates.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Luzerne County Prison", [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, 465-465.

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