Richly illustrated book documents the historic houses of Wilkes-Barre

Times Leader Media Group, Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society and NEPA Camera Club collaborate on project

WILKES-BARRE — A new collaboration between the Times Leader Media Group, the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society and the NEPA Camera Club will pay lasting tribute to some of the city’s most treasured architectural treasures.

Together, they launch a project to photograph and research the stories of at least 100 historic homes in the city for a lavishly illustrated coffee table book, which will be available for purchase on the Times Leader website on Thanksgiving Day.

Times Leader Publisher Kerry Miscavage, Preservation Society Executive Director Tony Brooks and Camera Club Facebook Group Moderator Jonathan Edwards are leading the effort, which will also draw on the talents of Camera Club members — and, if they wish, owners of the historic homes.

“From growing up on the Hudson River, I was used to visiting some of the famous historic mansions along the banks of the river,” says Miscavage, who first came to the region as a college student and has been there for a long time. lived.

“To my surprise, after enrolling at Wilkes University, I found that downtown Wilkes-Barre also had some of the most beautiful historic homes,” she said.

Reflecting on this recently, she spoke to Brooks about the possibilities of documenting those distinctive structures.

“Based on Tony’s collection of photographs and historical knowledge of the houses, we are collaborating on a project to provide a fantastic coffee table book for local residents to buy for themselves or give as gifts,” Miscavage said. “Proceeds from the books benefit the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society to support all the great work they do.”

Brooks explained that the book will feature a profile of each home, including historical and contemporary images and the story of its design, construction, original owners, and more.

While a list of homes has already been compiled at www.timesleader.com/greathistorichouses/, Brooks said owners of other historic homes in the city can nominate their homes for inclusion. The main criteria: Houses must be designed by a registered architect and built before the Second World War.

While many of the homes are in and around the city’s River Street Historic District, Brooks said homes can be placed anywhere in the city.

“This will be part architectural history and part social history,” Brooks said of the book.

Brooks discussed the project with Edwards, a professional photographer and videographer with whom he has worked on projects in the past. Edwards thought it was a good idea to open up the photography portion of the project to the 818 members of the Camera Club to make it more diverse.

“I like that this makes the project a more inclusive collaboration,” he said.

Miscavage agreed.

“People can choose the house they want to photograph and upload their own images. We want them to take artistic liberties because we want to see creativity,” she said.

“We choose the photos from the book from the website. All photographers will be featured in the Times Leader for their participation, even if their photo was not chosen for the book,” Miscavage added.

The project will run through September 30, and photographers can visit the Times Leader book site for more information.

There will be multiple sponsorship opportunities to support the project, Miscavage added. For more information, please contact Brooks at: [email protected]

If you would like to be on the list to purchase the book, please email [email protected]

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