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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

State Arsenal

 
 
State Arsenal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. State Arsenal Marker
Inscription. As early as the days of John Harris in the mid-18th Century, Harrisburg has well provided for the storage and distribution of military munitions and supplies. Even prior to the completion of the first state capitol building in 1822, an arsenal was erected in 1817 on Capitol hill just south of where the original brick statehouse would rise. This building served through the end of the Civil War and was particularly important when General Robert E. Lee threatened an invasion of Harrisburg in the summer of 1863. By 1874, the need for a larger facility, removed from the business of the Capitol and on higher and more open land, was satisfied through the construction of the Pennsylvania State Arsenal at this site. The building's central tower, designed in a vibrant castellated and Chateauesque style, is original to the 1874 structure, although its mansard roof was removed some time ago. The two story main portion of the building, flanking the tower, was removed in 1914 and replaced with the present three-story building highlighted with crenellated parapets giving a fortress appearance. The iron fence, which encloses the property, originally bordered the old Capitol and Capitol Park and was moved to its present location after the old Capitol burned in 1897. The building remains operational today as the public works/construction center of the
Pennsylvania State Arsenal Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Pennsylvania State Arsenal
Pennsylvania Department of General Services.
Top Photo
Late 19th Century view of Arsenal revealing original two-story structure.
Bottom Photo
Circa 1910 postcard view of original structure including mansard roof on central tower.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 16.575′ N, 76° 52.016′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Herr Street and N. 18th Street, on the left when traveling east on Herr Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrisburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reservoir Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harrisburg Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Moment of Mercy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bishop McDevitt High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Breeze Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bellevue Park (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
<i>Harrisburg, Pa., Arsenal.</i> Photo, Click for full size
Postcard by the Hugh C. Leighton, Co., Manufacturers, circa 1907
3. Harrisburg, Pa., Arsenal.
This postcard view, postmarked in 1907, is identical to the one provided on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,491 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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