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

Mansion at Reservoir Park

Mansion at Reservoir Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 2, 2019
1. Mansion at Reservoir Park Marker
Inscription.  Perched prominently on Reservoir Park's western slope is the picturesque Mansion at Reservoir Park, a fitting completion to the natural and cultivated beauty of this stunning hilltop retreat and vantage point for views and vistas of the Harrisburg metropolitan area. Designed by the Harrisburg architectural firm of Foose & Lloyd in the popular Shingle Queen Anne architectural style and completed in 1897, the house furthered the development of the Park, which was established shortly after the first reservoir was built here in 1874. The building's first floor was always intended for the public's use as a community facility. A portion of the second floor was originally devoted to meeting rooms for the Reservoir Park Commission and the City's Water Commission with the remainder of the second floor reserved as the residential quarters for the Park superintendent and family. For years, the Park was managed by V. Grant Forrer who, as the last superintendent, resided here until the late 1920's after which the building was totally designated for community use. In the mid 1990's, the house was thoroughly restored under the Mayor's Parks Improvement Program
Mansion at Reservoir Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 2, 2019
2. Mansion at Reservoir Park Marker
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for use as the Reservoir Park Office and that of the Harrisburg Park Partnership. Much of the original woodwork and architectural detailing has been preserved, providing an attractive setting for art gallery spaces included on both the first and second floors. Formal gardens and broad verandas, in consort with the maintenance of the building's historic features, preserve and enhance the turn-of-the-century flavor and appearance of this marvelous, hillside destination.
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable BuildingsParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 40° 16.323′ N, 76° 51.548′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker can be reached from Concert Drive west of Lincoln Circle, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Concert Drive, Harrisburg PA 17103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reservoir Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harrisburg (about 800 feet away); Moment of Mercy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bishop McDevitt High School
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(approx. Ό mile away); Breeze Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Explore the Capital Area Greenbelt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bellevue Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); State Arsenal (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Mar. 30, 2023