WPA Architectural Models : Recreations of Historical and Significant Places
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Hessian Guard House
Hessian Guard House/WPA Museum Extension Harrisburg Unit 5
"Hessian Guard House" located on the front of the base.
"WPA Museum Extension Harrisburg Unit 5" located on the back side of the base.

The Hessian Guard House was built in Carlisle, Pa in 1777. Also known as the Hessian Powder Magazine, the Hessian Guard House was said to have been originally constructed as a magazine by the prisoners of war that were captured during the Battle of Trenton around the time of the American Revolution. It is built at the Carlisle Barracks in Cumberland County. The building is a stone walled structure measuring at 70 feet by 32 feet with 4 ½ feet thick wall at every side. The building has a vaulted stone roof covered with wooden planks and tin. It became a guard house at the end of the 19th century and was then converted into the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. After its time as a school, it was utilized for many different uses such as a store, post office, and a laboratory. The Guard House is now a museum and has been one since 1948. In 1974 is was added to the National Register of Historical Places.
[Jackie Miller, MU]
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Ceramic, Metal
H-3.5 W-4 L-7.25 inches
By WPA PA probably in 1930s. Set was in the education museum of M.S.T.C., probably on the Campus Elementary School which is now called the Retan Center, until transferred to Warren L. MIller Elementary School after it was built in 1972. Most recent location was in WLM school library.
Warren L. Miller Elementary School
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