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Harding Memorial, Marion

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The Harding Tomb, also known as the Harding Memorial, is the burial location of the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding. It is located in Marion, Ohio at the southeast corner of Vernon Heights Boulevard and Delaware Avenue.Plans for ConstructionShortly after the country’s 29th President died in office, The Harding Memorial Association was formed to raise money for a memorial site in honor of the late president. The association ultimately received $978,000 in donations from more than one million people across the country, as well as contributions from several European nations. Maybe most notably among the list of contributors from the United States were an estimated 200,000 school children, who donated pennies towards the memorial.ArchitectureThe structure was begun in 1926 and finished in the early winter of 1927. It is designed in the style of a circular Greek temple with Doric order marble columns. The columns are built of Georgia white marble and are 28 feet high and 5 feet in diameter at the base. Designed by Henry Hornbostel, Eric Fisher Wood and Edward Mellon, the winners of a 1925 national design competition, the structure is 103 feet in diameter and 53 feet in height.The structure is unroofed (peribolus), in the style of some Greek temples in which the center (Hypaethros) was open to the sky and without a roof (medium autem sub diva est sine tecto). The open design honors the Hardings' wishes that they be buried outside, and is covered in ivy and other plantings.BurialsAt their deaths, the bodies of the Hardings were entombed in the Marion Cemetery Receiving Vault. Once the Harding Memorial was completed in 1927, the bodies were reinterred in the Memorial's sarcophagus and it was sealed. Because Harding's reputation was damaged by personal controversies and presidential scandals, the Harding Memorial was not officially dedicated until 1931 by President Herbert Hoover.
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  • Even thought I can no longer squeeze through the bars & the walk around it seems shorter that when I was a little girl, the Memorial is still impressive.  more »
  • The Harding Memorial is a great accompaniment to the Harding museum. Architecturally beautiful, this historic monument should be a part of your trip to the museum.  more »
  • This is just a quick stop to park and walk up around. Its a beautiful monument with the President and his wife buried inside, which is gated, but you can see inside and even take photos. There is a sm...  more »
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  • Beautiful place in small town. Good to visit such a historical place.
  • Beautiful Memorial ! Gave me "goosebumps" ☺
  • As long as it's been checked for needles it's a great park
  • Great monument to a mediocre President. Marion should be proud to have this great park!
  • Cool place to go