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Harrisburg: The City Beautiful


Mary Sachs' business was probably her biggest contribution to Harrisburg and the City Beautiful Movement. Despite financial struggles at the beginning, Mary Sachs was able to open a successful clothing shop across the street from Capitol Park. She used furnishings that made people feel like they were in a fine old house. Many people from the East Coast showed up at the store. Unfortunately, this little shop on Third Street was burned down on February 11, 1931(Congressional Record, 1958). However, a new and better structure was built by the Lawrie & Green architecture firm. The store was once again made beautiful for the City of Harrisburg after the fire.