T.W. Phillips Gas and Oil Company
Architect: Janssen & Cocken, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Builder: Harry Wimer, Inc. Butler, Pa.
The Butler Pennsylvania Poems
Learning to See
Didn't our visionaries say that change could happen if beauty approved and went on to erect edifices to inspire us, pride ourselves in— uplifts in stone reminding us of lands left behind, faces Roman, Gothic, Florentine, Doric, that have long stood looking at us from churches, lodging places, banks and Court House— and, let it be said, from that one plain structure, its base elevated on lawns where North Street joins Main, a shrine of sorts not a business place, the lines of which at every passing taught our untrained eyes lessons in harmony, balance and order, schooling us in classic forms, a work of art that ennobled us, instilling pride in self and city merely by being there to see and speaking to us, silently.
What was it our eyes were seeing? Wasn't it what others saw revealed on looking at an ancient Roman basilica or an Acropolis on a hill?