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Chase Hall

Remembering Agnes: 50 Years After The Flood

— Walking Tour Stop 6 —

 
 
Chase Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2022
1. Chase Hall Marker
Inscription.  
Chase Hall was erected between 1917-1918 as the residence of Fred M Chase, president of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company at the time, and his wife, Ellen Stark Chase, sister of Admiral Harold R. Stark. The Chase property was the first building given to Bucknell University Junior College in 1937, donated by Admiral Stark to honor his late sister and brother-in-law. It represents a tudor revival style of architecture from the early 20th century. It has a gabled roof with cross gables, half timbering, segmental arch windows, as well as casement and double hung windows. Behind the building [was] a garage known as Chase Hall annex or Chase Theater. From the 1930s through the 1960s, the garage hosted several one-act theatrical plays until the completion of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in 1969, and housed the art gallery until the construction of Stark Learning Center in 1975. Hurricane Agnes damages to both the annex, which would be demolished in 1975, and the house itself were estimated to be $220,000 combined. Classes resumed in Chase Hall for the summer session on the third floor with no electricity and a dampness which remained from the
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flood. Many staff members removed and cleaned furniture and equipment.
 
Erected 2022 by Wilkes University.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkDisastersEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 41° 14.682′ N, 75° 53.351′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is at the rear of Chase Hall, along the Wilkes University campus green, and about 300 feet NE of the Henry Student Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilkes Barre PA 18701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burns Alumni Tower and Carillon (a few steps from this marker); Kirby Hall (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chase Hall (a few steps from this marker); Stark Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wilkes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wilkes Labyrinth (within shouting distance of this marker); Franz Kline (1910 - 1962) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Morgan Kirby (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wilkes University. (Submitted on June 28, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Chase Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2022
2. Chase Hall and Marker

2. 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Agnes (USGS). (Submitted on June 28, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Admiral Harold R. Stark. (Submitted on June 28, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Chase Hall (southwest elevation) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2022
3. Chase Hall (southwest elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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