Old Webster Elementary School

Old Webster Elementary School (HMKXZ)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17104 Dauphin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 15.669', W 76° 52.068'

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This marvelous Tudor Revival-styled facility is one of the oldest buildings in Harrisburg still standing that was originally erected for use as a school and is the oldest schoolhouse on Allsion Hill. Prior to the industrialization of eastern Harrisburg, this area was known as Mount Pleasant and was the location of rural homes and cottages overlooking the older Harrisburg along the river. By the 1870's rail spurs were established in the center of the Allsion Hill neighborhood, giving rise to the establishment of major factories in the vicinity of 14th to 18th Streets and between Derry and Chestnut Streets. The individuals who created these industries also were responsible for developing much of the housing for their workers, resulting in a tight-knit community of clustering homes with workplace. 13th Street became one of the principal boulevards for the schools, churches and residents of these business owners-developers. By 1889, sufficient growth in the school-age population had occurred to warrant the erection of an elementary school. Completed that year and designed by Harrisburg architect Peter Bernheisel, Jr., the former Webster School is particularly noted for its Gothic styled gables and abundance of chimneys that originally served a host of fireplaces throughout the classrooms. Although the building is no longer a school, it continues to serve the community through the use of the Mount Pleasant Hispanic American Center which has hosted such notables as the window of major league baseball player Roberto Clemente, for whom the Center's playground is named.
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg History Project series
Placed ByThe Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 341169 N 4458416
Decimal Degrees40.26115000, -76.86780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.669', W 76° 52.068'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 40.14" N, 76° 52' 4.08" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300-1316 Reese St, Harrisburg PA 17104, US
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