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Hilton Harrisburg and Towers

 
 
Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker
Inscription. When it opened amidst regalia and fanfare in the fall of 1990, the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers reclaimed Harrisburg's traditional role as Central Pennsylvania's primary destination for the lodging and conference industry. Although plans for a major new hotel were advanced as early as 1974, it was not until the mid-1980's that concreted efforts were made, under the leadership of the City of Harrisburg, to muster the resources required to engage in such a major undertaking. the northeast quadrant of Market Square had been prominent since the town's founding in 1785, particularly as it faced the old market houses located in the center of the Square that were the borough's primary source of commerce and trade. A row of brick residences and weather-boarded log houses soon gave way to the developing commercial center. Early to be established here were Harrisburg's first post office, the Russ Fish and Produce Market, and the studios of Civil War-era photographer LaRue Lemer. John and Francis Wyeth, offspring of John Wyeth Sr.,who had established Harrisburg's first newspaper in 1792, operated a drug store and bookstore here. The block would later become home to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, at 11 N. Second Street, until its present headquarters on Market Street was completed in 1953. Other attractions such as the popular Senate Theater and Caplan's
Hilton-Harrisburg Hotel image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Hilton-Harrisburg Hotel
Department Store would rise here. Having undergone several generations of development from its humble beginnings, Market Square's northeastern quadrant is now occupied by just one building. With 341 rooms, one of the largest ballrooms in Central Pennsylvania, fine restaurants, and enclosed walkway linkage to other downtown attractions, the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers has also been a catalyst to Harrisburg's growing after hours entertainment industry.
Top Photo
Circa 1895 view of the northeast quadrant of Market Square.
Lower Left
1880's view of the northeast corner of Second and Market Streets showing LaRue Lemer's Photographic Studio
Lower Right
Circa 1925 view of the northeast quadrant of Market Square with Caplan's Building, center.

 
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° 15.569′ N, 76° 52.903′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Market Street on 2nd 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. Market Square Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnston Building & Menaker Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Claster Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Dauphin Deposit Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,502 times since then and 10 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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