Archive for September 2015

Architecture, Riverfront, and Walkability in Wilkes-Barre: America’s Best Community

The City of Wilkes-Barre is home to many awe-inspiring architectural masterpieces –all located within its River Street Historic District!

Over 200 buildings representing the architectural styles of Art Deco, Baroque, Beaux Arts, Chateauesque, Craftsman Style, Gothic Revival, Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Moorish Revival, Colonial Revival International, Italiante, High Victorian Gothic , Neoclassical Revival, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, Renaissance, and Romanesque, can be found throughout our downtown streets.

Private and public entities have undertaken countless rehabilitation projects throughout the district to restore and modernize the buildings of the downtown. Mixed-used projects, including the Luzerne Bank Building development and the Northampton and Main/Movies 14 project, have connected entertainment, office, and residential spaces. Additionally, many historic buildings, including the Fredrick Stegmaier Mansion, have been restored to their original splendor. Our park-like River Common space has also opened the riverfront back up to the community, and is host to many community events.

Rehabilitation and reuse strategies continue to be a focus area for our America’s Best Communities Revitalization Plan-so stay tuned!


Watch above to learn more about Wilkes-Barre’s architectural history, riverfront development, and restoration projects!

America’s Best Communities Update: Riverfront and Walkability

“We are fortunate to have these two parks that we can use to conduct these events that draw thousands and thousands of people…  Our programs are more regional in nature. In other words, anyone from up and down the valley can attend, come in to town, see what’s going on, and visit the businesses in town. We are encouraging another look at what is happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre.”- John Maday, Executive Director of the Riverfront Parks Committee, President of the Downtown Business Association

Listen as John Maday explains how the development of the Riverfront Commons has brought the residential, business, and college communities into the downtown. Events like Riverfest, Chalkfest, riverfront concerts, and an annual Easter egg hunt connect the surrounding community to the natural park space of the River Commons.

Come back NEXT Wednesday for our latest full length video about how Greater Wilkes-Barre’s historic architecture, riverfront, colleges, and walkability will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.

Thanks to the support of Frontier Communications and our local sponsor Scripps Network Interactive, the City of Wilkes-Barre was recently named a Quarterfinalist in Frontier Communications’ competition designed to identify America’s Best Community.