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St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

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1896–1899, Charles M. Burns. 35 S. Franklin St.

For Wilkes-Barre's Episcopalians, Burns recalled the north Italy celebrated by John Ruskin in a rich mixture of yellow and gray stone that culminates in a splendid tower and belfry similar to that of his West Philadelphia Church of the Saviour (38th and Chestnut streets). It replaces an earlier building by Burns that had been lost to fire. The hammer beam trussed ceiling and the polychrome brickwork of the interior hark back to William Butterfield's London churches and Burns's own Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr (see MO9). Burns was also able to work on a modest scale: his St. Clement's Episcopal Church (1869; 165 Hanover Street) in South Wilkes-Barre is a lovely rendition of the Ecclesiological parish church type, drawn from St. James the Less ( PH136).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral", [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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