Philadelphia, PA - If you love architecture, you'll want to spend a day exploring Concrete City in Luzerne County. The early example of International Style architecture in the United States, Concrete City, was developed in 1911 as company housing for Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad coal divisions.
The Concrete City in Luzerne County
Today, you can explore some historic buildings and view the quaint town. In addition to its architectural features, the town offers a chance to see early American art nouveau and modern architecture.
If you're interested in the history of this area, you can learn about the building process and the community's history. Concrete City is a model community built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. It has a square and even a swimming pool. You'll find more interesting information about this area by exploring the local websites: Pennsylvania Heritage, Explore PA History, and Atlas Obscura.
The easiest way to access the site is on the northeastern corner. The streets are heavily rutted and muddy. There's a pull-off on Front Street, but driving on the road is still risky. The road goes uphill for about 50 yards before leveling out. In the center of the site are 20 houses, four on either side of the road. Every single one looks the same, but some are damaged beyond repair.