Exploring the Electric City's Iconic Buildings
On Saturday, July 9, we joined the Lackawanna Historical Society on their summer walking tour at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Visitors had the chance to learn more about the remarkable buildings in our area.
Built in 1884 by architect Isaac Perry, the eye-catching Lackawanna County Courthouse was originally only two stories tall. It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style using local West Mountain stone. A third story was later added with eclectic style influences.
As a tribute to our local veterans of all wars, the Lackawanna County Veterans Memorial is another well-known monument along North Washington Avenue.
Constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the ten-story Mears Building was Scranton’s first skyscraper. Its arched windows and stone facade are sure to capture your attention. Today, it is home to the Penn Security Bank.
The square also offers views of the famous Scranton Electric Building, home to the Electric City Sign. This magnificent building was built in 1896 in the Beaux Arts style and was originally home to the Scranton Board of Trade.
The summer walking tour series continues every other Saturday through September 10. For the full schedule, be sure to check out the Lackawanna Historical Society’s website. Each tour will feature different local landmarks.
Courthouse Square is home to so many historic buildings and monuments, each with their own story. And of course, we just had to bring the camera along to give you the highlights. Check it out!