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Anthracite Steam Fire Company

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1916, William H. Lee. Market St., opposite 4th St., in Town Park

Here is a small building with a big personality: an application of Beaux-Arts design principles to a very modest program. The architect, then practicing in Shamokin, crafted this delightful buff brick hall to house Mount Carmel's oldest fire company. It sits in Town Park, terminating the 4th Street axis with a festive, hipped tile roof above arcaded apparatus bays. Lee ingeniously capitalized on the setting by sculpting the building's backside into a band shell for concerts in the park.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Anthracite Steam Fire Company", [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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