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Irem Temple

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1907, Olds and Puckey; 1930 additions, Mack and Sahm. 52 N. Franklin St.
  • Irem Temple (© George E. Thomas)
  • Irem Temple (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

From its spiky minarets to its great dome in bright orange brick, there are few more remarkable buildings anywhere in Pennsylvania than this hall and auditorium for fraternal orders. An Islamic fantasia that borrows details from across the whole range of the Muslim world, it is more akin to stage scenery than architecture. In fact, F. Willard Puckey's original watercolor rendering showed the building not on Franklin Street but in the midst of a desert peopled by Bedouins on camels—precisely the exotic imagery that his clients desired.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Irem Temple", [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, 470-470.

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