Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The economic prosperity enjoyed nationally throughout the 1920's was clearly not lost upon Harrisburg's downtown development. By the decade's climatic conclusion there would rise a new generation of buildings in the city - those not traditionally located at the hub of Market Square nor on Market Street, but instead farther north commanding the view and sharing the prestige of Capitol Park and the Main Capitol Building. So it was that local developer Frank Payne and contractor Raymond Shoemaker built in 1929 the robust art deco-styled high-rise at Third and Pine Streets which became and still is today, a desirable address for lawyers and lobbyists. Designed by noted Harrisburg architect Clayton Lappley and logically dubbed the Payne-Shoemaker Building, the structure preceded what could be considered its sister building to the south, the 19-story, also art deco-styled, Harrisburger Hotel which was completed in 1930. These building were to Harrisburg as New york City's Chrysler and Empire State Buildings were to Manhattan, all built at the same time during a period of frenzied development and standing as symbols to the economic exuberance at the end of the 1920's. The Payne-Shoemaker/Harrisburger Hotel grouping is also important because it represents that period when Harrisburg's skyline was dramatically pushed upward as necessitated by
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Payne-Shoemaker Building Marker
the rapid appreciation of its real estate, giving initial shape to the urbanized cityscape of today.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Payne-Shoemaker Building
Circa 1932 postcard view of Payne-Shoemaker Building (right) and the Harrisburger Hotel (left).
1929 view of N. Third Street showing Payne-Shoemaker Building under construction (right-center) and excavation for the Harrisburger Hotel (foreground).
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Location. 40° 15.778′ N, 76° 53.03′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Third Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling north on Third Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pine Street Presbyterian Church (a few steps from this marker); The Old Executive, Library & Museum Building (a few steps from this marker); John Frederick Hartranft (within shouting distance of this marker); 104th Cavalry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Capitol (about 400 feet away);
Mexican War Monument (about 400 feet away); Public Sector Unionism (about 500 feet away); Grace United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
By John K. Robinson, September 18, 2008
3. Payne-Shoemaker Building
The Payne-Shoemaker Building is seen in the context of present day downtown Harrisburg.
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
By John K. Robinson, April 5, 2011
4. Payne-Shoemaker Building seen from the north.
By John K. Robinson, April 6, 2011
5. Payne-Shoemaker Building cupola
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,345 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on April 9, 2010, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 4, 5. submitted on April 9, 2011, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.