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St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception

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1870–1872, Edwin Forrest Durang. 134 S. Washington St.
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Durang was the principal architect for the Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia from before the Civil War into the twentieth century, working in Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance modes. For Irish congregations like that of St. Mary's, he often favored Baroque, executed either in richly carved stone, as in Philadelphia's contemporary brownstone church of St. Charles Borromeo (2000 Christian Street), or in recessed planes of brick, as here. The interior, with its galleries carried on iron columns, has the character of an auditorium, a hallmark of Durang, who belonged to a theatrical family and who also specialized in music halls. The church serves Luzerne County's oldest Roman Catholic parish, founded in 1842.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception", [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, 468-468.

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