Grace United Methodist Church - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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N 40° 15.823 W 076° 53.142
18T E 339653 N 4458733
Quick Description: The steeple of the Grace United Methodist Church is located along State Street, Harrisburg, PA.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 1/17/2022 1:16:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM15KFJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
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Long Description:

The steeple of the Grace United Methodist Church, at the time of completion was one of the most unique and tallest steeples in the area. It probably still fits in those categories as such. Constructed in 1873 of limestone it is still just as beautiful now as then.

" Grace United Methodist Church, built between 1873 and 1878, can be said to have saved Harrisburg from losing its status as the Capital of Pennsylvania. 1897 after the original Capitol Building was destroyed by fire in 1897, 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 its 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, also became established as the site of concerts and musical productions and is the birthplace of the Harrisburg Choral Society. Further, it was the church of J. Horace McFarland, a principal founder of Harrisburg’s City Beautiful Movement. A garden at the rear of the church features several roses originally grown by McFarland. McFarland was known as a celebrated horticulturalist and an early president of the American Rose Society. The church’s location adjacent to the Pennsylvania State Capitol, its history and residence locations of traditional attendees have long made it a metropolitan Harrisburg Church. Further, the church is located within a National Register Historic District."

Location of the Steeple:
218-224 State Street
Harrisburg, PA United States

Approximate Date of Construction: 1873

Website: [Web Link]

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