“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Present State Capitol Building

Present State Capitol Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Present State Capitol Building Marker
Inscription. Upon the destruction of the Old Capitol Building in 1897, the sense of loss was quickly replaced by a new spirit of community advancement for which the construction of a new Capitol Building would act as catalyst. in order to continue the operations of state government, a plain and unadorned interim Capitol, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, was hastily erected on a "shoe-string" budget on the same site as the old. Public criticism of this building resulted in the establishment of the Capitol Building Commission in 1901, charged to methodically plan for the expansion and elaboration of Cobb's interim structure that would be cloaked within the walls of the new building. Philadelphia architect Joseph Miller Huston won the design competition. His intent was to design a Capitol that applied the artistic expression of the Italian Renaissance to a new Renaissance in America. With the 272 foot high dome modeled after that of Michelangelo's St. Peter's in Rome, and the main stairway in the rotunda after the Grand Opera House in Paris, a building emerged that was magnificent...a "Palace of Art," rich with marble, gold, tile, murals and sculpture produced by such internationally prominent artists, sculptures and artisans as Abbey, Barnard, Oakley, Van Ingen and Mercer. Heralded by President Theodore Roosevelt upon its dedication on October 4, 1905 as
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.
Marker can be seen in the red brick area at the bottom of the photograph.
"the handsomeness building I ever saw," the Capitol's grandeur, which may endlessly be described, unleashed an unparalleled movement of civic improvement and pride in Harrisburg that would build the foundations of the great City that we know today.
Left Photo
The unadorned interim Capitol Building in 1901.
Right Photo
1908 Postcard View of the Present State Capitol Building

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° 15.835′ N, 76° 53.1′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Third Street, on the left when traveling east on State 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. Old Capitol Building (here, next to this marker); Public Sector Unionism (a few steps from this marker); Grace United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Grace Methodist Church (about 300
Present State Capitol Building, west facade image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 6, 2011
3. Present State Capitol Building, west facade
feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Patrick's Cathedral (about 300 feet away); State Capitol (about 300 feet away); Old Brick Capitol (about 300 feet away); Pine Street Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentLandmarksNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,304 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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