“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)

Simon Cameron School

Simon Cameron School Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. Simon Cameron School Marker
Inscription.  Although Harrisburg's northern boundary when incorporated as a city in 1860 reached as far as Maclay Street, it would not be until the early 1890's that development widely occurred above Reily Street. Local homebuilder Benjamin Engle launched the first major subdivision in this area, a Queen Anne and Italianate-styled community known as "Engleton," between Reily and Kelker Streets and N. Second and N. Third Streets. With this sprawling new neighborhood came of course, the demand for an elementary school. Consequently, the Simon Cameron School was erected in 1896, on land just north of Engleton, and was named for President Lincoln's first Secretary of War and noted Harrisburg "empire-builder" who had passed away in 1889. Designed by local architect Charles Howard Lloyd and partner Charles James Foose in the Second Renaissance Revival architectural style, the building was expanded to the rear using the same design in 1904. Over the decades, the school became the central focus of the Old Uptown community, educating literally thousands of young Harrisburgers until it closed in 1972 through the consolidation of the city school system. After serving
Simon Cameron Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Simon Cameron Elementary School
Now an apartment building.
as a federal job-training center, the building was converted in 1987 to 35 upscale apartments. many of the former school's historic qualities were retained including the grand halls, high ceilings and abundant supply of nine-foot tall windows. individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the transformed Cameron School continues its service to the community, now through contributing to neighborhood revitalization.
Top Photo
Class of Miss Sue Bretten is captured at the School's northern Green street entrance on January 14, 1898.
Bottom Photo
1904 postcard view of the Simon Cameron School after completion of the building's rear wing.

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° 16.553′ N, 76° 53.71′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Green Street and Muench Street, on the right when traveling south on Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tracy Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reily Hose Company No. 10 (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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Cottage Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor's Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Governor's Residence (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Governor's Residence (approx. mile away); Women's World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Engleton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,693 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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