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Kirby Hall (Thurlow-Kirby House)

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Thurlow-Kirby House
1872–1874, Frederick C. Withers; c. 1881 interior alterations, Bruce Price. 202 S. River St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The Stephen Thurlow house is the richest and most lavish of the River Street houses, a Gothic Revival palace built of local Campbell's Ledge sandstone, with robust massing and a compact array of muscular bays. Compared with Withers's earlier 1863 romantic alterations to the Andrew T. McClintock house (now McClintock Hall; 44 S. River Street), it shows Wilkes-Barre embracing the swaggering and bombastic architecture of the High Victorian era in the wake of the Civil War. The house was later owned by dime-store magnate F. M. Kirby.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Kirby Hall (Thurlow-Kirby 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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