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On the outside, it’s a fantastic combination of old and new.  Facing State Street, the museum occupies a terrific Greek revival building that was first constructed in 1839 as the Erie branch of the US Bank of Pennsylvania.  From 1843-67, … Continue reading

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Troxell Steckel House

Taking pictures of historic architecture is even more fun when there’s a family connection.  John Peter Troxell is a descendent of mine, seven generations back, on my mother’s side.  Uncle John finished this incredible stone house in 1756, when he … Continue reading

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Bethlehem Works, Now Steel Stacks

Bethlehem steel was the epicenter of the industrial revolution in America.  Many iconic buildings began here, their steel backbones shaped, formed and finished by the hardworking people of Bethlehem. With the steel industry now gone, Bethlehem is preserving and promoting … Continue reading

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American Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church – Johnstown

Even by Johnstown standards, the ethnic identity of this church seems complex.  I’d try and explain it here, but you’re better off visiting the diocese’s website ( The well maintained golden domes are a bright focal point in the city’s Morrellville … Continue reading

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Welcome to PA Main Streets!

Finally, the public debut has arrived.  I’ve been working on this site since last fall.  However, I haven’t shared it with a wider audience until now because I have a family, full time job, and admittedly, I’m a little obsessive about … Continue reading

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