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American Legion Post and Gavin Memorial (W. A. Phillips House)

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W. A. Phillips House
c. 1904. West Ave. at Maple St.

The coal miner's version of the American dream is represented by this house for W. A. Phillips, a Welsh miner who came to the United States and worked his way up in the coal industry to own mines in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He built an elegant Queen Anne house with a corner tower and sweeping corner porch in this fashionable residential district. Acquired by the American Legion, it now has a memorial to Lieutenant General James M. Gavin, who grew up in Mount Carmel and went on to become the celebrated youthful commander of the Eighty-second Airborne Division in World War II and, later, ambassador to France.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "American Legion Post and Gavin Memorial (W. A. Phillips House)", [Mt Carmel, 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, 395-395.

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