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Wyoming Valley Veterans Building
1946, L. Vern Lacey and Thomas H. Atherton. 30 N. Main St.
  • James M. Coughlin High School
  • James M. Coughlin High School
  • James M. Coughlin High School

For two generations, Atherton, a former member of the Carrère and Hastings office and later a collaborator with Philadelphia's Paul Cret on the Pennsylvania Battle Monuments, was Wilkes-Barre's most important twentieth-century architect. After World War II, perhaps influenced by Lacey, the firm shifted with the times toward modernism but within the Beaux-Arts straitjacket of symmetry. This is Wilkes-Barre's first International Style building, with horizontal strips of windows sweeping around rounded corners. Nearby, at 80 N. Washington Street, is the James M. Coughlin High School (1912), at the time the city's only high school—marking the assumption that most children would work in the mills and did not need higher education. The Beaux-Arts school is the work of Wilkes-Barre architect Owen McGlynn.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas



  • 1946


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Blue Cross/Blue Shield Operations Center", [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, 463-463.

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