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Luzerne County Historical Society Library (Volney Maxwell House)

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Volney Maxwell House
1876, Willis G. Hale; c. 1887 tower. 49 S. Franklin St.

Hale came to Wilkes-Barre in 1873 and designed a number of schools and cast-iron office buildings. The former Maxwell house, his oldest known building, shows little of the architectural exuberance that later made him the favorite architect of nouveau riche Philadelphia. Instead, its quaintly decorous Italianate manner recalls Samuel Sloan, in whose productive office Hale had trained. At 69 S. Franklin Street is the society's museum, an austere brick and terra-cotta Queen Anne building designed by Albert Kipp in 1893.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Luzerne County Historical Society Library (Volney Maxwell 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, 469-469.

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