“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)

Tracy Mansion

Tracy Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. Tracy Mansion Marker
Inscription. The notable Tudor Revival-styled edifice situated at the southeast corner of N. Front and Muench Streets well exemplifies the grand Front Street mansions of the early 20th Century that would rise north of Forster Street. The house was built in 1917 for David E. Tracy (1867-1923) who was one of the founders in the 1890's of the Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Company and who is memorialized by Tracy Hall at Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt High School. Although the company's initial business was the repair of refrigerated railroad cars, it expanded into producing cylinders and automotive pistons. By World War I, the firm secured major contracts with the U.S. Government for military parts and by 1935, changed its name to Harrisburg Steel Company, now Harsco, a major international component manufacturer still headquartered in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. Tracy's 30-room mansion was the work of Harrisburg architect Charles Howard Lloyd who was known for designing many Harrisburg schools and Front Street homes. The building was of the highest quality in materials and construction, featuring mural paintings, masonry walls, an iron-cage elevator, and high quality hardwood over concrete floors. In 1951, the property became the Harrisburg Osteopathic Hospital that built an addition to the east, linking the main house to the garage, for extra
Tracy Mansion today. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Tracy Mansion today.
In 2008 there was discussion to convert the mansion into condo units.
hospital bed facilities. The Osteopathic relocated after the 1972 Agnes flood threatened demolition of the building for redevelopment activities. Fortunately, the Mansion was saved and stands as a tribute to one of the city's most successful industrialists of the early 20th Century.
Circa 1920 view of Tracy Mansion prior to the hospital addition that linked house with garage.

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° 16.494′ N, 76° 53.867′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Hersha Place, on the right when traveling south on N. Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simon Cameron School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Governor's Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor's Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Governor's Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reily Hose Company No. 10 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mira Lloyd Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Engleton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mira Lloyd Dock Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Additional comments.
1. Update on Use of Mansion
It seems that the plan to convert to condominiums (including an additional building next door) was abandoned. The house has since been converted to commercial and restaurant use, as outlined on the developer's website:

The 1.54 acre site spans from North Front Street to Second Street, with a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River and convenient access to Harrisburg business, education, entertainment and shopping.

Plans for Tracy Mansion include:
-Restoration of existing mansion and conversion to commercial use including a fine dining restaurant and professional office or other commercial space.
-Landscaped sculpture garden in front of the mansion
-Ample on site surface parking
    — Submitted August 12, 2014, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,836 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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