Restoration of historic 1907 “mosque” is important to Wilkes-Barre revitalization

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 of the 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.

The chamber owns the building, and as it moves forward, it will ask for suggestions from the public about what they want it to become.

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