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

The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion

 
 
The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion Marker
Inscription. The origins of the mansion at 105 N. Front Street can be attributed to William Calder, Jr. (1821-1880), Simon Cameron's business partner, banker and manufacturer. Calder's father had been a preeminent Harrisburg stage coach operator and helped to establish Harrisburg's importance as a transportation center as the nucleus of early route development throughout the U.S. northeast. Calder Jr. was co-founder and president of the Harrisburg Car Works, president of the First National Bank of Harrisburg and was president and director of the Harrisburg Cotton Factory that stood at the current site of the Harrisburg Central YMCA. Calder's original house was a fancy three story stone mansion in the Second Empire style with mansard roof. Following his death, Calder's widow continued to reside at the property until it was sold in 1901 to Marlin E. Olmsted (1847-1913), U.S. Congressman for 16 years and nationally known attorney who had argued many cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Olmsted is particularly credited for his success as a tax and corporation attorney, winning cases for large companies and making him highly sought after by corporations throughout the nation. Olmsted converted the house to a palatial Italian Renaissance styled edifice commensurate with the growth of Harrisburg's stature as State Capital. many noted figures dined at this
Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion
Now an office building.
residence including U.S. President Howard Taft. After Olmsted's death, his widow, Gertrude Howard Olmsted, who was known for serving many cultural and humanitarian causes in Harrisburg, in 1925 married former Harrisburg mayor, business leader, U.S. Ambassador and Patriot-News editor Vance McCormick of the Harrisburg McCormick Dynasty. They lived at the home until McCormick died in 1946 and she in 1953.
Top Photo
1883 engraving of original Calder House prior to the Olmsted renovations.
Bottom Photo
Circa 1910 postcard view of Olmsted house after renovations.

 
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° 15.57′ N, 76° 53.089′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Locust Street, on the right when traveling south on N. Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrisburg Public Library Dauphin County Library System (within shouting distance of this marker); James McCormick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Walnut Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Greetings to Future Harrisburgers (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Governors’ Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Also see . . .  Marlin Olmsted - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,169 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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