Building of Wilkes-Barre 250 years of local Architecture
Here is a resource, probably terribly under utilized simply because many people are unaware of it. Having gotten a last minute invitation to the lecture, I went in completely unaware of what was about to follow. And, to my pleasant and unexpected surprise I found it to be entertaining and informative. Anyone from the area interested in the history and beginnings of the area would be fascinated by attending an event such as this.
Tony starts out with a brief explanation of the village of Wilkes-Barre, identifying well know streets by their original names and explaining how and why the changes came about. He explains the progressions and changes through out the years, the influences from people who came into the area who made their mark and what they brought with them and how changes came about. The lecture then continues to identify different architectural influences on Wilkes-Barre, who introduced them, how it happened.
Because of the migration of people from Connecticut and Massachusetts the first influence on the architecture of the area were brought here by them.
Then other influences were to follow:
saltbox New England Architecture influence
Philadelphia Style Gregorian Architecture
Tutor Revival English Influence
Greek Revival Greek Influence
Queen Ann Queen Ann Style Architecture
New York Styles Different styles of New York Influence
I'm not going to tell the whole story as I would not do it justice as Tony could.
Having been made aware of the the different styles of buildings around the city of Wilkes-Barre one can see the influences. Who brought them here? You maybe surprised or maybe not. A lot of the names that you are familiar with have deep roots and have left lasting impressions. If you dig deep and research on your own you may find the answers. Or, you could visit the Luzerne County Historical Society and be pleasantly enlightened. The hard work has been done for you and is presented in a very fascinating and entertaining way.
Two interesting slides in the presentation particularly caught my eye. One was of the Wilkes-Barre Lehigh-Susquehanna Railroad Station. I can remember as a child, perhaps in the late 1950's or early 1960's, while visiting home from out of town, actually arriving at the station while it was still in operation. The second slide was about a particular building in Wilkes-Barre that honored from Wilkes-Barre an artist of Native American Culture. Having taken a day trip to Manhattan Island and a short stay at Battery Park, I had discovered, quite by surprise, the George Catlin Museum just across the street honored an artist who was one in the same.
When in high school we took history classes not thinking of how it would effect our personal lives.
Think about your life and how it has been influenced by the places or events around you. You may find a connection closer than you think.