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Weiss Hall (Taylor-Brown House)

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Taylor-Brown House
1850; 1886, Albert H. Kipp. 98 S. River St.

Among the best examples of Wilkes-Barre's changing panorama of styles is this former house, now a dormitory. Built for Edmund Taylor, it was given a Queen Anne face-lift in 1886 for its next owner, Samuel Brown. The various bays, turrets, and porches no more disguise the underlying Greek Revival original than the accessories of Mr. Potato Head disguise the underlying potato. The alteration is the local debut of Albert H. Kipp, who had been a designer for the Cooperative Building Plan Association in New York City, a popular architectural mail-order house. Kipp arrived during Wilkes-Barre's greatest boom and more than any other architect was responsible for the largely Queen Anne character of the city's residential neighborhoods.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Weiss Hall (Taylor-Brown House)", [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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