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

Governors’ Row

 
 
Governors' Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. Governors' Row Marker
Inscription. This fine collection of historic Front Street townhouses is the single most important row of homes that can be associated with the lives of early Pennsylvania Governors. The original houses on the block; Federal in style and dating to 1812 were designed by Stephen Hills, architect of the old Pennsylvania Capitol, that was completed in 1822. Two of the original homes at 23 and 27 n. Front Street, survive. The other three, at 17, 21 and 25 N. Front Street, either were replaced or enlarged upon Hill's earlier buildings.
27 N. FRONT STREET - Hill's residence while the old Capitol was constructed. It then became the home of Governor John Andrew Schulze (1823 to 1829). The Marquis de Lafayette was a guest here in 1825. the house was later the residence of Jacob Haldeman, an early Harrisburg industrialist and founder of the Borough of New Cumberland;
25 N. FRONT STREET - erected circa 1878 and was the home of Jacob Haldeman's son and U.S. Congressman, Richard Haldeman;
23 N. FRONT STREET - home of Governor Francis Shunk (1845 to 1848);
21 N. FRONT STREET - originally the residence of Governor William Findlay (1817 to 1823). It was enlarged to its present brownstone facade appearance circa 1865 by Reverend Thomas H. Robinson of the Market Square Presbyterian Church under a plan by architect Joseph
Plaque on 21 N. Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Plaque on 21 N. Front Street
The executive mansion of
William Findlay
Governor of Pennsylvania
1817 - 1820
Placed by
The Dauphin County Committee
The Pennsylvania Society
The Colonial Dames of America
C. Hoxie who had also designed the church built several years earlier in 1859.
17 N. FRONT STREET - erected in 1863 by Harrisburg attorney John Hanna Briggs. It later served as the Seiler School between 1908 and 1943, a prominent, private academy. At one time a house stood at 19 N. Front Street, which unified the row. It however was demolished in the late 1960's to provide parking for the subsequent occupant of 17 N. Front Street.
Left Portrait
Governor William Findlay (1768 - 1846)
Center Portrait
Governor John Andrew Schulze (1775 - 1852)
Right Portrait
Governor Francis Rawn Shunk (1788 - 1848)

 
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° 15.54′ N, 76° 53.038′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Walnut 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. The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker);
Plaque on 23 N. Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
3. Plaque on 23 N. Front Street
The Executive Mansion of
Francis Rawn Shunk
Governor of Pennsylvania
1845 - 1848
Placed by
The Dauphin County Committee
The Pennsylvania Society
The Colonial Dames of America
Walnut Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); James McCormick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrisburg Public Library Dauphin County Library System (within shouting distance of this marker); Camelback and Market Street Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Camel Back Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Harrisburg markers related to the Governors' Residences
 
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Plaque on 27 N. Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
4. Plaque on 27 N. Front Street
The Executive Mansion of
John Andrew Shulze
Governor of Pennsylvania
1823 - 1829
Placed by
The Dauphin County Committee
The Pennsylvania Society
The Colonial Dames of America
Houses on Governors' Row image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
5. Houses on Governors' Row
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,214 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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