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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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  • Striking design set among a wooded area. There are several small panels on the walkway to tell the story of the Hardings and the memorial 
  • The Memorial is only 1 1/2 miles (5 minutes or less) from the Harding home. Recommend seeing the home and taking that tour first. The Memorial is a classic gravesite in line with the traditions of the...  more »
  • Great stop in Marion. Really nice grounds and a great tribute to the late president. My 5 year old loved it and asks to go back every time we are there. Very well kept up and very interesting look int...  more »
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  • It is interesting to find a presidential memorial in a small town
  • Great monument to a mediocre President. Marion should be proud to have this great park!
  • Beautiful presidential resting place.
  • A nice place top visit. Stopped on way back from popcorn festival in Marion, Ohio
  • Beautiful place to visit while in town visiting the Harding Home!