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1893, William W. Neuer and Benjamin Davey Jr. 40 E. Market St.
  • (Photo by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photo by William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Politically connected local architects teamed up to win the competition for the municipal building. Their busy melange of Queen Anne and Richardsonian motifs, resting on a robust base of Wyoming bluestone, now suffers from the loss of its prominent corner towers. An art glass window over the entrance depicts the Wilkes-Barre city seal, its buzzing bees graphically connoting the “busy as a beehive” boast of the Victorian city. Inside, the most interesting space is the coffered and paneled fourth-floor City Council chamber, originally designed to serve as the police court.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "City Hall", [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, 461-462.

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