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The first lamps, using burning oil, were put out in by Stroudsburg businessmen. By , the borough was paying to have the lamps lit each night, although citizens were responsible for repairing the lamps, except for wicks and globes. Despite non-existent maintenance and sporadic bookings the theater soldiered on until it was burglarized in November It went mostly dark for a decade before it was renovated and re-opened in and is once again a premier performance venue.
Wyckoff Department Store Main Street. Hollinshead Block Main Street. Although it was altered into a flat-roofed box in the s, this building, known as the Hollinshead Block, has anchored one of the prime corners of downtown Stroudsburg for over years. Some of the original Romanesque Revival details remain from its construction in the early s such as heavy stone window arches and decorative terra cotta panels beneath the belt course. In its early days it housed a grocery store, clothing store and law offices. Metzgar Buildings west side of Courthouse Square.
The Metzgar Buildings, built circa , were once owned by local physicians Thomas and Marshall Metzgar. Note the paired, pointed arch windows in the dormers, a Gothic Revival stylistic detail. Here once stood the original brick courthouse of Monroe County, built in when it was created out of Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties. In it was demolished, the bricks carted away and a new native sandstone courthouse in the Richardsonian Romanesque style was created by T. The courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroudsburg Fire Department Sarah Street. The Stroudsburg Chemical and Hook and Ladder Company 1 was formed in and the 40 members set about raising funds for the purchase of a truck and equipment.
The next year arrangements were made with the borough to lease the old County House, which was completely remodeled. Phoenix had been the first fire company of Stroudsburg, organized in Sarah Street is the southern boundary of the Academy Hill Historic District, a residential area that reflects the tremendous growth in Stroudsburg in the latter decades f the s.
Most of the high-style homes were not architect-designed but were the product of big city influences filtered through pattern books and executed by the talents of local carpenter-builders. Thomas Street, one block to the north, developed into the finest residential street in town, noted for its shade trees and well-kept lawns.
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This block of Sarah Street exhibits none of the picturesque attributes of the Italianate and Gothic and Queen Anne styles in the rest of the neighborhood. Instead, they represent a conservative folk-building tradition that produced boxy structures built on the end gables. It was not unusual for rural dwellers to come into town to spend winters in the late s and early s. This early 19th-century townhouse is a good example of such a house that could have served up needed comfort and convenience.
The two-story Federal townhouse is similar to those found in Philadelphia and New York City with large windows surmounted by flat lintels, a fanlight above the front door and quarter-circular windows in the gable end.
The Federal style of architecture, also known as Adamesque, was the dominant American building style from to This row of high-design eclectic houses recall a time of prominence in Stroudsburg at the beginning of the 20th century. Shull, a physician and attorney, commissioned T. The Stick Style house features a two-story front porch and terra cotta panels on the east facade. Robert Bixler, owner of the venerable Bixler Hardware store, blended elements of the Colonial classical columns and Tudor half-timbering revival styles for his house at No.
Next door, the stylish tower dominates the era home. It was subdivided into apartments in the s; the other two buildings found new life as law offices, a common fate of large, older Stroudsburg homes.