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

Walnut Place

Walnut Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Walnut Place Marker
Inscription.  Located just across N. Fourth Street from Strawberry Square is Walnut Place, a slice of old downtown Harrisburg comprised of a series of late 19th and early 20th Century restored buildings and storefronts. Pictured here is the Rodearmel/German House, situated on the southeast corner of N. Fourth and Walnut Street, and a neighboring structure, both erected circa 1855 as single-family homes. the corner property's first floor was later converted to a drug store as shown in this photo when this area of the downtown started to become commercial, although the neighboring properties still were primarily residential. They were later converted or replaced with commercial buildings. Walnut Place was threatened by the wreckers ball in the 1970's at the time Aberdeen Street was widened to handle increased traffic to Market Street. however, through recognizing Walnut Place's intrinsic charm and historic qualities, the City of Harrisburg worked with local developers, property owners and retailers to rehabilitate all of the buildings on the block. The City also provided site improvements including sidewalks, trees, period lighting and a courtyard to the rear
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of the structures. The block is now comprised of quaint shops and restaurants which, when contrasted with the surrounding high-rise buildings, creates a diverse urban setting.
Rodearmel/German House at N. Fourth and Walnut Streets circa 1895.

Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 40° 15.775′ N, 76° 52.87′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in Downtown Harrisburg. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and Fourth Street, on the left when traveling east on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Walnut 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. Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); A Bench by the Road: Old Eighth Ward of Harrisburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Leaders, Stewards and Advocates (within shouting distance of this
Walnut Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kelly Phillips, November 13, 2022
2. Walnut Place Marker
marker); Technical High School & Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Trailblazers (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Capitol Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican War Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 4, 2023, by Kelly Phillips of Verona, Pennsylvania.

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