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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
 
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Marker
 
Inscription. The Pennsylvania Governor's Residence is located at a spot so stunning that it captures the essence of the Commonwealth's beauty through sweeping vistas of the Susquehanna at a point where the state's piedmont greets the blue mountains of the great ridge and valley. The Governor's home replaced two palatial stone-constructed houses, designed in the Queen Anne and Italianate styles, in the first decade of the 20th century. These homes represented the early 20th Century pinnacle of Front Street's residential prestige attained here at the intersection of N. Front and Maclay Streets. The northern of the two houses was built for Archibald Knisely, a prominent Harrisburg real estate businessman who was responsible for the sale of many new homes in the nearby Old Uptown Harrisburg area. The southern was built for Edward S. Herman, a successful Harrisburg cigar manufacturer and tobacco dealer. Both homes sat on land that stretched from Front to Second Streets, providing the potential for a large unified tract that ultimately became ideal for the site of the Executive Residence. The earlier Governor's home, situated at N. Front and Barbara Streets downtown and dating to the Civil War, was known as Keystone Hall. By the late 1950's, the residence was considered antiquated for the affairs of state, was disposed of and subsequently demolished in
 
Photo insets of marker. Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Photo insets of marker.
 
1960. In the meantime, the Lieutenant Governor's Residence at Fort Indiantown Gap served as the temporary Governor's home until the new mansion here at Front and Maclay Streets was completed in 1968. Designed in the Georgian architectural style with elegant staterooms and fine interior architectural detailing, the Pennsylvania Governor's Residence is a treasure-trove of the Commonwealth's history featuring fine collections of antiques and rarities indigenous to the heritage of the Keystone State.
Photo 1
Residence of Edwin S. Herman in 1914.
Photo 2
Archibald Knisely residence circa 1920 with Maclay Street in foreground.

 
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° 16.623′ N, 76° 53.961′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on N. Front Street 0.1 miles south of Maclay St., on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor's Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Governor's Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tracy Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simon Cameron School (approx. mile away); Reily Hose Company No. 10 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Curtin (approx. half a mile away); Camp Curtin 1861 - 1865 (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Curtin (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
The present building is seen in the background. Photo, Click for full size
By John K. Robinson, May 17, 2008
3. The present building is seen in the background.
 

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Harrisburg markers related to the Governors' Residences
 
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Photo, Click for full size
By John K. Robinson, June 20, 2010
4. Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
This is the residence and courtyard as seen from the main entrance on Second Street. Since this photo was taken the statue of a Pennsylvania worker has been removed.
 
 
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Photo, Click for full size
By John K. Robinson, September 26, 2007
5. Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
The exterior of the State Dining Room from the garden.
 
 
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Garden Photo, Click for full size
By John K. Robinson, September 26, 2007
6. Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Garden
A brick shelter along the perimeter of the garden offers shade and privacy.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,864 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2011, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
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