Wednesday, June 4, 2014

THE OUTSIDE OF THE FORUM



THE FORUM AUDITORIUM  circa 1931
 Harrisburg, PA 

 

The building is constructed primarily of gray limestone. There are 22 bronze doors designed by Lee Lawrie. They are cast with figures depicting “man’s creative and re-creative occupations.” Inscribed above each doorway are famous mottos from our nation’s past. On the outside cornice of the building are noted names of Pennsylvania educators, philanthropists and statesmen. On the eaves above those names are sculptured copper owls by Carl Paul Jennewein.
( From Pa General Services Literature.).






These doors are massive, old and beautiful.




The Harrisburg Symphony holds its concerts here.
Throughout the year, 
there are several forms of entertainment enjoyed by the public.



To the left and rear of the Forum is the Capitol Complex 
and this historic bridge..




The State Street Bridge , Harrisburg, Pa.
(  The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Bridge )
1930

"The western approach features two 143’ pylons topped with carved war eagles weighing 300 tons each. Each of the seven ton arch keystones features carvings of military objects. Since 1988 the bridge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge itself spans about 1300 feet over Paxton Creek and several railroad lines, including the former Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Harrisburg. Twelve main arches are closed-spandrel reinforced concrete segmental arches and four are reinforced concrete slabs. In all the footprint of the bridge covers over two acres."




Just a little bit of local history...

4 comments:

Diane said...

Very interesting and impressive!

Susie said...

I love old buildings Missy. I love learning about them also. I think you can tell when something was built well, by how long it last and how people protect it from be torn down. Blessings for a great week. xoxo,Susie

Blackberry Lane said...

A very beautiful building. Interesting to see the details.

NanaDiana said...

What a gorgeous old building and it is so much fun to learn the history of all those old places.
Blessings to you- I hope you had a great day- xo Diana