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Kirby Hall of Civil Rights

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1929, Whitney Warren
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The Beaux-Arts urbanity of Kirby Hall is characteristic of its architect, Warren, the dilettantish socialite who sported an opera cloak and a gold-tipped cane, and who designed New York City's Grand Central Terminal. For the Department of Government and Law, he fashioned a symmetrical essay in limestone and granite, fronted by a pedimented block from which a large bust labeled “Republic” peers down. The words chiseled across the front are from Matthew 20:15: “IS IT NOT LAWFUL FOR ME TO DO WHAT I WILL WITH MINE OWN.”

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Kirby Hall of Civil Rights", [Easton, 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, 268-268.

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