Harding Home

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Warren G. Harding House
Home of Warren G. Harding 2011.jpg
Harding Home in 2011
Harding Home is located in Ohio
Harding Home
Harding Home is located in the US
Harding Home
Location380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Ohio
Coordinates40°35′11.37″N 83°7′18.55″W / 40.5864917°N 83.1218194°W / 40.5864917; -83.1218194Coordinates: 40°35′11.37″N 83°7′18.55″W / 40.5864917°N 83.1218194°W / 40.5864917; -83.1218194
Arealess than one acre
Built1891 (1891)
Architectural styleQueen Anne Style
NRHP reference #66000618
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLJune 23, 1965[2]

The Harding Home is a historic house museum at 380 Mount Vernon Avenue in Marion, Ohio. It was the residence of Warren G. Harding, twenty-ninth president of the United States. Harding and his future wife, Florence, designed the Queen Anne Style house in 1890, a year before their marriage. They were married there and lived there for 30 years before his election to the presidency.

Like James A. Garfield, an earlier U.S. president from Ohio, Harding conducted his election campaign mainly from the house's expansive front porch. During the 3 month front porch campaign, over 600,000 people traveled to the Harding Home to listen to Warren speak. George Christian (Warren's next door neighbor and Press Secretary) allowed his home to be used as Republican Headquarters for the campaign.[3] In 1920, Harding built a small bungalow-style structure behind the Christian House so newspaper reporters had workspace to type their stories.

The Harding Home around the time of his 1920 election campaign

The house is surrounded by an expansive, elaborately detailed porch. Entry to the house is through a reception hall, with a parlor on the left. A dining room and Harding's office are also in the first floor. There are four bedrooms on the second floor and a bathroom. Built-in closets are an unusual feature for the time.[4]

Mrs. Harding bequeathed the house to the Harding Memorial Association. The Ohio Historical Society now operates the home as a historic house museum and a memorial. The restored house contains almost all original furnishings owned by President Harding and his wife. The adjacent press house features exhibits about the lives of President and Mrs. Harding. The collection at the Harding Home is over 5,000 original artifacts that belonged to Warren and Florence Harding.[5]

On April 12, 2016 Harding 2020, a collaboration between Ohio History Connection, the Harding Home, and Marion Technical College, detailed plans to spend $7.3 million at the site to establish the Warren G. Harding Presidential Center. Plans include restoring the home (inside and out) and its grounds to its 1920 appearance. The culmination of the work is to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Harding's election to the presidency.[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Harding, Warren G., Home". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  3. ^ Warren G. Harding: America's 29th President on YouTube
  4. ^ Mendinghall, Joseph Scott. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Warren G. Harding Home". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  5. ^ "Harding Home". Marion Technical College. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "7.3M Harding Presidential Center opens in 2020". The Marion Star. April 12, 2016.

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