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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, just south of Marion Cemetery.Plans for ConstructionShortly after the country’s 29th President died in office, The Harding Memorial Association 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. Among the list of contributors from the United States were an estimated 200,000 school children, who donated pennies towards the memorial.ArchitectureConstruction began 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 28ft high and 5ft 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 103ft in diameter and 53ft 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 when President Herbert Hoover presided.
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  • Warren G. Harding and wife Florence Kling Harding at buried in this beautiful tribute to the President. Locals recall the monumental effort to amass the necessary funds to pay for the memorial. Boy Sc...  more »
  • We enjoyed the beautiful memorial and grounds. Very dignified and honors President Harding with an outstanding resting place for he and his wife.  more »
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  • That is a interesting place to visit , a lot of history is shared on the information table out in front of the monument. Check it out!!!! You will be glad you did!!!!
  • Nice place to see a bit of history

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