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

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King City Government Center

 
 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King City Government Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King City Government Center Marker
Inscription. This building, the only municipal headquarters building in the world to be named after the civil rights leader, was built for and has served as Harrisburg's City Hall since June, 1982. As part of its efforts to revitalize Center City Harrisburg, municipal government made the commitment to erect this structure that stands as a symbol for being a catalyst to the growth and improvement which has subsequently occurred both downtown and city-wide. the building represents the third generation of development to occupy this site; first by frame residences of the early 1800's when many homes still faced Market Square and later by the old Calder Building and a popular Harrisburg eatery, "The Spot," which subsequently moved up N. Second Street. The City Government Center features a stunning interior and sky-lit atrium and is joined over Strawberry Alley with the McCormick Public Services Center facing Walnut Street. The City Government Center is the site of many ceremonies and public functions. The front plaza, Menaker Plaza, is named for the first woman elected to public office in the city, Miriam Menaker. The public art, named "Crystal," was done in 1982 by nationally-acclaimed sculptor Roy Gustow.
Top Photo
Late 1800's view of first generation development, an old stagecoach station, at the site of the City Government Center. Strawberry
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Governement Center image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Governement Center
Sculpture is on the right side of the building.
Alley is to the right.
Bottom Photo
1940's view of the Calder Building and the Spot Restaurant looking west from Market Square where the City Government Center now stands.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 15.601′ N, 76° 52.957′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on N. Second Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Near Strawberry Alley. 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. Union Trust Building (here, next to this marker); Eagle Hotel and Bolton Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square During The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrisburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude To Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); George J. Heisely Residence and the National Anthem (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hilton Harrisburg and Towers (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCivil RightsGovernmentNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,943 times since then and 42 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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