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VFW Post, Coraopolis


Addendum: Thanks to a kind correspondent, we were directed to this article on Coraopolis history, where the architect of the VFW post is identified as T. Ed. Cornelius—an old friend of ours who always kept up with the latest styles and executed them well. The article as originally written follows.

Father Pitt does not know the history of this building, but it is certainly a fine outcropping of Art Deco, and very well preserved in nearly its original state.

VFW Keith Holmes Post No. 402

The building stands at the corner of Fifth Avenue(1) and Mulberry Street in Coraopolis.

Above the entrance
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Keith Holmes Post No. 402
Mulberry Street side

The Mulberry Street side has its own entrance, and this part of the building may date from a different time—but not very different, since it is also in an uncompromising Art Deco style.

V. F. W.

A cornerstone on the Mulberry Street side dates at least this part of the building to 1941.


The architect (or the bricklayer) was someone who understood the effects of shadows, creating geometric patterns in light and dark by arranging bricks at different angles.

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