Present State Capitol Building

Present State Capitol Building (HM41Y)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17101 Dauphin County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 15.835', W 76° 53.1'

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Upon the destruction of the Old Capitol Building in 1897, the sense of loss was quickly replaced by a new spirit of community advancement for which the construction of a new Capitol Building would act as catalyst. in order to continue the operations of state government, a plain and unadorned interim Capitol, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, was hastily erected on a "shoe-string" budget on the same site as the old. Public criticism of this building resulted in the establishment of the Capitol Building Commission in 1901, charged to methodically plan for the expansion and elaboration of Cobb's interim structure that would be cloaked within the walls of the new building. Philadelphia architect Joseph Miller Huston won the design competition. His intent was to design a Capitol that applied the artistic expression of the Italian Renaissance to a new Renaissance in America. With the 272 foot high dome modeled after that of Michelangelo's St. Peter's in Rome, and the main stairway in the rotunda after the Grand Opera House in Paris, a building emerged that was magnificent...a "Palace of Art," rich with marble, gold, tile, murals and sculpture produced by such internationally prominent artists, sculptures and artisans as Abbey, Barnard, Oakley, Van Ingen and Mercer. Heralded by President Theodore Roosevelt upon its dedication on October 4, 1905 as "the handsomeness building I ever saw," the Capitol's grandeur, which may endlessly be described, unleashed an unparalleled movement of civic improvement and pride in Harrisburg that would build the foundations of the great City that we know today.
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The unadorned interim Capitol Building in 1901.
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1908 Postcard View of the Present State Capitol Building
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HM NumberHM41Y
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg History Project series
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Placed ByThe Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:07am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 339713 N 4458754
Decimal Degrees40.26391667, -76.88500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.835', W 76° 53.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 50.10" N, 76° 53' 6.00" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 231-299 State St, Harrisburg PA 17101, US
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