Montgomery Ward Building (Lewistown, Pennsylvania)

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Montgomery Ward Building
Montgomery Ward Building Lewistown PA Apr 10.JPG
Front of the building
Montgomery Ward Building (Lewistown, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Montgomery Ward Building (Lewistown, Pennsylvania)
Montgomery Ward Building (Lewistown, Pennsylvania) is located in the US
Montgomery Ward Building (Lewistown, Pennsylvania)
Location3-7 W. Market St., Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°35′54″N 77°34′25″W / 40.59833°N 77.57361°W / 40.59833; -77.57361Coordinates: 40°35′54″N 77°34′25″W / 40.59833°N 77.57361°W / 40.59833; -77.57361
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
ArchitectG. Frank Witman; James A. Royer
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference #84003497[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 7, 1984

The Montgomery Ward Building is a historic department store building located at Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. The east facade faces the Mifflin County Courthouse on Monument Square. It was built in 1929 in the Art Deco style, and consists of the store building and attached office building. The store is two-stories, with a mezzanine level and measures approximately 40 feet by 150 feet. The office building is two-stories and measures approximately 30 feet by 145 feet. They are both of steel frame construction with brick exterior walls and feature terra cotta ornamentation. It was one of the initial retail outlets constructed by the Montgomery Ward Company.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

This is an impressive example of Art Deco style architecture which includes two-story bay windows and pilasters, bands of glazed terra-cotta panels and a female figure holding a torch. This image was a standard Montgomery Ward logo known as the “Spirit of Progress.” The building suffered a major fire on December 20, 1936 but was renovated and the business thrived until Montgomery Ward went out of business in the early 1980s.

The entire building was remodeled into offices in the 1980s and currently houses a variety of businesses including In Home Services of Central PA, United Cerebral Palsy, Snowflake's On The Square Christmas Shop, and the Mifflin-Juniata Arts Council.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Patrick W. O'Bannon (May 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Montgomery Ward Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-29.

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