Owen McGlynn - the man who designed the Coaldale Town Hall
Owen McGlynn (18781918) was an architect who practiced in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at the end of the nineteenth century, and at the beginning of the twentieth. The building housing Coaldale's town hall was built in 1907 to his designs.
McGlynn was born at Stockton, Pennsylvania on March 28, 1878, the son of Daniel and Bridget McGlynn. The father immigrated to the United States in 1866 and worked as a coal miner, and the son was educated at St. Mary's R.C. School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census at Wilkes-Barre, McGlynn gave his age as 23 and his occupation as architect.
Around 1900, McGlynn formed a partnership with an older, more established architect, Ben Davey, Jr. That year, they completed the new St. Aloysius R.C. Church in Lee Park, near Wilkes-Barre, to which they each donated a stained glass window. McGlynn married Elizabeth MacDermott on October 17, 1900. After Davey died in December 1901, McGlynn took over full ownership of the practice.
McGlynn died in 1918.
Among the completed works of Owen McGlynn are the following:
• Rubinsky Building, Market Street Luzerne, Pennsylvania (1897).
• C.M. Schwab School, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, begun September 1901 and dedicated on September 19, 1903.
• St. Ann's Monastery, Scranton, Pennsylvania, dedicated in March, 1904.
• 27 South Main Street Office Building, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1904).
• School and Convent, St. Mary's Church, Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1905).
• Dwyer Building, 171 East Main Street, Plymouth, Pennsylvania (1906).
• Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, (cornerstone laid October 14, 1906).
• St. Mary's School, conversion of church to school, Plymouth, Pennsylvania (1907)
• First National Bank, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (1907).
• First National Bank, Lansford, Pennsylvania (1907).
• First National Bank, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania (1907).
• Addition to Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1907).
• Nanticoke High School, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (1907).
• Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church and Residence, Edwardsville, Pennsylvania (1907).
• Town Hall, Coaldale, Pennsylvania (1907).
• St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Freeland, Pennsylvania (1907).
• Washington Avenue School, Plymouth, Pennsylvania (1908).
• Courtright Avenue School (about 1908).
• Church of the Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania (dedicated October 4, 1908).
• Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
• St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church, McAdoo, Pennsylvania.
• James M Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1909).