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Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania - Irem Temple Mosque - Shriners Headquarters - Now Abandon - Entrance

Wilkes-Barre  Pennsylvania - Irem Temple Mosque - Shriners Headquarters  -  Now Abandon  -  Entrance

The Irem Temple Mosque is one of the most recognizable buildings in Wilkes-Barre, even as the old performing arts building has been vacant for years. But now, it’s one of the main parts of the city that local leaders want to revitalize.

“It is just a focal point of the downtown -- the architectural history of it,” said Joseph Boylan Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, adding the chamber is planning the next stages for the building as part of a revitalization plan for the city's downtown.
As a group of local business people and community leaders works to preserve the architectural treasure commonly referred to as the Irem Temple building on North Franklin Street, conversation is focused on the opportunities a refurbished structure of such grandeur could bring to the downtown area.

Construction on the building, which has also been referred to as the Irem Mosque, began in 1907. It took $230,000 to build, and its dedication took place in December of 1908.

“An extraordinary amount of money at the time,” said Wilkes-Barre city councilman Tony Brooks.

Brooks is former executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society and current chairman of the board of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society, and he is known for his knowledge of local history.

Brooks said the example of Moorish-style architecture, which is among the buildings in the River Street Historic District, is unlike any other Shrine auditorium in the country.

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Photo prise @ Wilkes-Barre le 1 janvier 2003 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo / Flickr)

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