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Office Building (City Hall)

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City Hall
1893–1894, Culver and Hudson; 1979–1981 alterations. 454 Pine St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

H. H. Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh left its mark throughout Pennsylvania, not only on courthouses but here on a former city hall. As in Pittsburgh, two large blocks with wall dormers and a steep hipped roof flank a tall Romanesque-styled tower with a round-arched entry and an arcade below its pyramidal roof. The differences were minor, among them a three-story three-sided tower extruding from the tall central tower, a gable roof instead of a hipped roof on the northern block, and yellow brick rather than rock-faced stone. Vacated in 1979, the former city hall was renovated for offices. Architect Milton Hudson was a student in Eber Culver's office in 1886 and proved so apt that Culver offered him a partnership in 1890. Culver retired in 1894, at age seventy. The Civil War monument in front of the building, unveiled in September 1894, was built by George F. and Charles S. Eisenbrown of Reading.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Office Building (City Hall)", [Williamsport, 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, 572-573.

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