Established in 1973 in the aftermath of two events, the devastating effects of the flood caused by Hurricane Agnes and the demolition of Harrisburg’s spectacular State Theatre, Historic Harrisburg Association serves as the Capital Region’s advocacy organization for historic preservation and urban revitalization. HHA’s primary aims are to promote the restoration, preservation and enjoyment of historic neighborhoods and landmarks, whose stewardship is vital to the region’s residential, commercial, economic and cultural life.
Over the past four decades, HHA has worked collaboratively with City Government, civic organizations, neighborhood groups and other non-profit organizations to carry out its mission and goals. Accomplishments have included:
In 1993, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Historic Harrisburg was given the century-old Central Trust Company building in Midtown to ensure its preservation as an architectural landmark and community resource. Today, the building serves as HHA’s own headquarters as well as that of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Midtown Action Council. With spaces for meetings, exhibits and receptions, the facility is extensively used by community groups for a wide range of civic and educational functions.
Largely because of the work of HHA and its civic partners, Harrisburg now stands as a primary example of how historic preservation can contribute to the reversal of decline in American cities. In Historic Harrisburg’s 40+ years of existence, dozens of multi-million-dollar preservation projects — and thousands of smaller ones — have contributed greatly to the quality