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St. Nicholas Church

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1887, William Schickel. 240 S. Washington St.
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)

German-born Schickel built churches for German Catholic congregations throughout the United States with a concentration in New York, generally building High Victorian Gothic hall-churches with prominent central towers, as here. The immense Laurel Run redstone church and the adjacent school (1913, Reilly and Schroeder) attest to the size of the Catholic community at the end of the nineteenth century. The city's principal Catholic churches (the other being St. Mary's; LU22) were built near the industrial quarter of the town, while the more socially prominent Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches were on fashionable Franklin Street.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. Nicholas Church", [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, 467-468.

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