Here’s a look at our 2017 Edition of Elegant Progressions
The Evans-Hartzler Mansion – Hors d’oeuvre & Aperitifs
Hors d’oeuvre and aperitifs will be served at the Evans-Hartzler Mansion, built for Harrisburg attorney Berne H. Evans in 1925 in a stone-constructed, picturesque “Norman” architectural style. Subsequently converted to office use, and with an unsympathetic modern addition obscuring the primary façade, it languished until its acquisition in 2016 by Kristine and Alex Hartzler, who undertook a thorough interior and exterior restoration, re-converting it to residential use for their family. This project was awarded Historic Harrisburg Association’s 2017 Preservation Award.
The King-Kurowski Mansion– Formal Dinner
The setting for our formal candlelight dinner is the show-stopping King-Kurowski Mansion, largest of all Front Street mansions, built in 1924 for Harrisburg attorney Horace King for his family and servants in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, characterized by lavish cut stonework and a glazed tile roof. Converted to office use, it served for many years as the home of Merchants and Business Men’s Mutual Insurance Company, who added a major addition in 1954 and partitioned the major first-floor entertaining rooms. Restoration begun by recent owner Alex Hartzler and completed by its newest owner Marc Kurowski has restored the interior to its original elegance.
The Gross-Bryce Mansion – Dessert Buffet
Guests will conclude their evening with a sumptuous dessert buffet at distinctive Federal-revival-style mansion built in 1927 for General Henry Gross, who lived here for 50 years until 1977. Subsequent owner Mary Knackstedt headquartered her interior design business here, using first floor spaces as showrooms and residing on the second and third floors. When a proposal to demolish this entire block of Front Street – three historic mansions in all! – to make way for a garden apartment complex met fierce community opposition, the project was abandoned, and all three properties were sold. Once deemed “beyond saving,” the three iconic mansions have all been restored and reoccupied for residential use. Erica and Chris Bryce, who have rescued other historic landmarks in Harrisburg, have restored the Gross Mansion to its former splendor as home for themselves and their daughters.