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The Civic Club of Harrisburg

 
 
The Civic Club of Harrisburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. The Civic Club of Harrisburg Marker
Inscription.  This building, one of only two to survive on the west side of Front Street and ensconced within the idyllic setting of Riverfront Park, was erected between 1901 and 1903 by William Reynolds Fleming as a single family home which he named "Overlook." Fleming was one of the founders of the internationally known and Harrisburg area-headquartered engineering firm of Gannett Fleming, Inc. Designed in the half-timbered, English Tudor style, the house was willed to the Civic Club of Harrisburg upon the death of Fleming's widow, Virginia, in 1914. In 1916, the club erected a grand ballroom, also of the English Tudor style, over the home's first floor porch to accommodate club activities. the home was substantial and prominent, unlike the older Hardscrabble neighborhood on the west side of Front Street above Forest Street that was demolished to make way for northward expansion of Riverfront Park. The Civic Club, due to its architectural and institutional stature and adjacency to the still-functioning Old Waterworks at that time, remained untouched. The ballroom, the site of many receptions, musical recitals and events, coupled with the home's authentic
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first floor interior and outdoor gardens, make the Civic Club a truly unique and enriching riverfront experience.
Top Photo
1905 postcard view of the Fleming House shortly after construction. Note the existence of stone retaining walls prior to the improvements to Riverfront Park.
Bottom Photo
1910 postcard view of the Fleming House prior to its transfer to, and renovations made by, the Civic Club of Harrisburg.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
 
Location. 40° 15.782′ N, 76° 53.345′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in the Capitol District. Marker is at the intersection of North Front Street and Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south on North Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 N Front St, Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Genevieve Blatt (1913 - 1996) (within shouting distance of this marker); The John Crain Kunkel and Katherine Smoot Kunkel Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Civic Club of Harrisburg image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. The Civic Club of Harrisburg
Very little has changed in 100 years.
The Harrisburg Cotton Factory and The Central YMCA (within shouting distance of this marker); Parish Church of St. Lawrence (Former) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); J. Donald Cameron (about 400 feet away); J. Donald Cameron Mansion (about 400 feet away); William Maclay Mansion (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Civic Club history
The Wednesday Club, formed in 1882 to promote and present performances of classical music, was in residence at the Civic Club for more than 65 years. According to our records and the book, Hi-Notes, A Century of Music with the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, PA, written by member Marcella Emerick for our 100th anniversary, the Wednesday Club housed its Steinway pianos in the ballroom and performed there from 1922-1988. Our first president was Miss Sara Fleming. (1882-83 and again in 1887-88) Charter members included Mrs. Simon B. Cameron.

The Wednesday Club is now embarking on its 128th
The Civic Club of Harrisburg south porch seen through the garden gate from Front Street. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John K. Robinson, April 18, 2010
3. The Civic Club of Harrisburg south porch seen through the garden gate from Front Street.
continuous season in Harrisburg. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted October 12, 2009, by Norma Swain of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
The Civic Club of Harrisburg garden gate, crowned with wisteria. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John K. Robinson, April 18, 2010
4. The Civic Club of Harrisburg garden gate, crowned with wisteria.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,055 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2010, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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