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Grace United Methodist Church

 
 
Grace United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Grace United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. This church, built between 1873 and 1878, can be said to have saved Harrisburg from losing its status as the Capital of Pennsylvania. Since 1809, efforts were made to return the Capital from its temporary location at Lancaster to Philadelphia where it was prior to 1799. Philadelphia loyalists tried unsuccessfully to effectuate this move when Harrisburg was chosen as the Capital in 1810. They tried again in 1816 when the appropriation to build the first Capitol Building was approved, as well as at times during the Civil War and again in 1897 after the original Capitol Building was totally destroyed by fire. It was argued that Harrisburg had no facilities large enough to accommodate the Legislature and Administration. Had it not been for the civic responsibility of the congregation and clergy of the then known Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia may have again become the Capital of Pennsylvania. The Church opened it doors to the State Legislature, which occupied the sanctuary and Sunday School rooms until the interim Capitol was readied in 1899. During that time, the church's congregation worshiped at the Grand Opera House at Third and Walnut Streets. Grace Methodist was erected of limestone in the Gothic Revival style with one of the tallest and most distinctive spires in the City. The Church, prominently located on State Street,
Grace Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Grace Methodist Church
also became established as the site of concerts and musical productions and is the birthplace of the Harrisburg Coral Society.
Top Photo
Sanctuary of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church when used by the State Legislature after the Old Capitol Building burned in 1897.
Bottom Photo
1880's view of the then-known Grace Methodist Episcopal Church.

 
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° 15.821′ N, 76° 53.113′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on State Street 0.1 miles from Third Street, on the right when traveling east. 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. Public Sector Unionism (a few steps from this marker); Present State Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grace Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Grace United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, July 16, 2009
3. Grace United Methodist Church Marker
Church as seen from South Street parking garage.
(within shouting distance of this marker); State Capitol (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Obelisk (about 400 feet away); Old Brick Capitol (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,457 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 2, 2009, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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