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

Evolution of Harrisburg's Skyline

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
1. Evolution of Harrisburg's Skyline Marker
Inscription.  Harrisburg's distinction as the Susquehanna River's trademark is garnered through both its stunning riverfront setting and its ever-growing skyline, presenting a panorama of urban vitality and economic health. Since 1822 when the Federal-styled dome of the Old Capitol rose to first define the presence of this community when viewed from afar, Harrisburg has produced lofty and attractive buildings and structures which define in three dimension the marriage of the man-made and natural environments. The old steeples and cupolas of churches and public buildings were later complemented by early edifices of height such as downtown's Old Post Office and Grand Opera House. After the turn of the 20th Century when the new Capitol Dome of 272 feet dominated the landscape, the first true modern skyscrapers of the Union Trust Building on Market Square and the white-terra cotta Kunkel Building at Third and Market Streets were erected. The Harrisburg Hotel, now the Fulton Bank Building, and the Payne-Shoemaker Building, Bell Telephone Building and Penn Harris Hotel followed by the late teens through the 1920's. By mid Century, an expanding Capitol Complex temporarily
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
2. Evolution of Harrisburg's Skyline Marker
abandoned its neo-classicism in favor of office towers along Forster Street and a battery of new buildings rose along Pine Street as did residential towers on Chestnut Street. Since the late 1970's, concentrated development in the traditional downtown include the 341-foot 333 Market Street Tower, in addition to Strawberry Square, the Rachel Carlson State Office Building, the M&T Bank Tower, the PNI Insurance Tower, the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers and the Market Square Plaza. This and proposed development all speak to Harrisburg's vibrant real estate dynamics representing in many cases fourth and fifth generation development on the same site.
 
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° 15.455′ N, 76° 53.408′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on Championship Way west of Stadium Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 245 Championship Way, 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. Harrisburg Giants (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walnut Street Bridge
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marcus Reno Residence and Governors’ Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Stephen & Cathedral House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Executive Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greetings to Future Harrisburgers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Keystone Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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