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Kunkel Building

 
 
Kunkel Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Kunkel Building Marker
Inscription.  This building was erected in 1914 as the home of the Mechanics Trust Company, a Harrisburg bank that later went "bust" during the Depression. the Bank was one of many of the era that made Harrisburg the region's financial center, a role the city has expanded in the present day. It also served as one of Harrisburg's first high-rise office buildings, contributing to the early 20th Century urbanization of City Center. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building is architecturally unique through its white, glazed terra cotta, tiled exterior. In 1925, the structure was expanded from six bays to ten bays in depth through the application of the identical architectural style and height to that of the original structure. Originally known as the Kunkel Building in honor of Charles Kunkel, Chairman of the Mechanics Trust Company, the structure now serves as a tower for arts organizations with the Susquehanna Art Museum occupying the strikingly designed first three floor.
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Circa 1920 view of the Kunkel Building, complete with awnings, reveals the structure prior to its rear addition.

 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 40° 15.652′ N, 76° 52.847′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Market Street and S. Third Street, on the left when traveling east on E. Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. T. Morris Chester (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Morris Chester (a few steps from this marker); Lochiel Hotel and Colonial Theater (a few steps from this marker); Strawberry Square Phase II (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Dauphin County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Dauphin Deposit Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 22 South 3rd Street (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Kunkel Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
September 29, 2016
2. Kunkel Building and Marker
Kunkel Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
3. Kunkel Building
Kunkel Building seen from the south on Third Street. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John K. Robinson, April 1, 2010
4. Kunkel Building seen from the south on Third Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,717 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 26, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 29, 2021.   3. submitted on March 26, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 18, 2010, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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