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Comenius Hall, Moravian College

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1892, Albert W. Leh. Main St. and W. Elizabeth Ave.

Comenius Hall is the best surviving example of the work of Leh, a prominent Bethlehem architect at the turn of the twentieth century who provided Romanesque Revival designs for his commercial and institutional clients. In 1892, having outgrown its original precinct on Church Street, Moravian College established a new campus on Main Street. Comenius Hall (named for the great Moravian educator John A. Comenius) contained the entire college—dormitories, classrooms, offices, cafeteria, and gymnasium, all shoehorned into a tight Romanesque Revival box with a rather incongruous Gothic entrance porch. Small stone turrets rise like finials from each corner at the eave line. The wing to the north, Borhek Chapel, was built as a freestanding structure in 1893 and subsequently incorporated into the building. In 1913, Comenius Hall burned, after which it was rebuilt to contain only offices and classrooms.

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George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Comenius Hall, Moravian College", [Bethlehem, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-NO27.

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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, 278-278.

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