Austin Burke

Austin Burke is a product of the region and of proud, hard-working immigrant ancestors. Burke has worked to record the pride of the populace, their creations and their celebrations through a series of paintings he produced over the past two decades.
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Lackawanna County Courthouse


Media: Acrylic On Canvas
Dimensions: 16x20


The view from  the southeast corner features  the County Courthouse with the William J. Nealon Federal  Courthouse and Post Office in the background.  Between the two is the 144 foot high Soldiers and Sailors Monument with a bronze Goddess of Victory atop it.

Serving perhaps as a parable for  political fortunes in Lackawanna County, the building has experienced many changes over the years.  Designed by Isaac G. Perry in the Romanesque Revival style in 1884, the building was originally two stories. In 1896, architect B. Taylor Lacey added  the third story, drawing freely on a variety of architectural influences.

Other changes ensued.  Lightning destroyed  the tall original steeple above the clock tower.  Its replacement was less than majestic.

An unfortunate administrative office addition was thankfully demolished  as this century turned.

The most recent plaza constructions provide material for our current courthouse sidewalk commentators.



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