The State Museum of PA & PA State Archives

Harrisburg, PA

The State Museum of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Archives are part of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in downtown Harrisburg, PA. The five-story Museum is circular in plan, with 32 facets around the exterior. Each facet is comprised of four-story high panels of Indiana limestone units between the recessed limestone masonry at the column lines. The 22-story Archives building is a windowless rectangular slab, also clad in Indiana limestone panels.

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Scope of work

  • Close visual examination and hammer-sounding of limestone cladding at exterior of buildings.
  • Documentation and quantification of fault conditions using TPAS direct digital annotation system.
  • Comparison of findings from current survey to previous survey data.

Problems solved

  • Completed comprehensive close visual examination of end wall with minimal impact on building occupants and public.
  • Compared findings from current survey to previous survey data using digital documentation.

Original architect

  • Lawrie and Green (completed in 1964)

Building owner

  • The State of Pennsylvania

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