A richly illustrated book will document the historic homes of Wilkes-Barre


Times Leader Media Group, Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society and NEPA Camera Club team up for 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 beloved 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, to go on sale Thanksgiving Day on the Times Leader website.

Kerry Miscavage, editor-in-chief of the Times, Tony Brooks, executive director of the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society, and Jonathan Edwards, moderator of the NEPA Camera Club Facebook group, are spearheading the effort, which will also build on the talents of the members of the NEPA Camera Club – and, if they wish, the owners of the historic houses.

“Since growing up on the Hudson River, I used to visit some of the famous historic homes that dot the banks of the river,” said Miscavage, who first came to the area as a student and became a longtime resident.

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

Reflecting on this recently, she spoke with Brooks about opportunities to document these distinctive structures.

“Building on Tony’s photo collection and historical knowledge of the homes, we are partnering on a project to provide a fabulous coffee table book for area residents to purchase for themselves or gift as a gift. gift,” Miscavage said. “Proceeds from the books will benefit the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society to support all the amazing work they do.”

Brooks explained that the book will feature a profile of each home, including historic 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. Key criteria: Homes must have been designed by a licensed architect and built before World War II.

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

“It’s going to be part of architectural history and part of 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 liked the idea of ​​opening up the photography portion of the project to the 818 members of the NEPA Camera Club to make it more diverse.

“I love that it makes the project a more inclusive collaboration,” he said.

Miscavage agreed.

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

“From the website, we will choose the photos from the book. All photographers will be featured in the Times Leader for their entry even if their photo is not chosen for the book,” Miscavage added.

The project will be running until September 30 and photographers can visit the Times Leader book site for more details.

There will be multiple sponsorship opportunities to support the project, Miscavage added. Contact Brooks for more information on this at [email protected]

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


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