CONTACT: John Spangler through SRHPF 717-338-3030
or Seminary Ridge Museum 717-339-1300      

Coming in 2013 on the Gettysburg Seminary Campus

The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation has advertised the bid process for its Western Gateway project designed to expand visitor’s access to historic resources connected to the Seminary Ridge Museum, including parking and the completion of the historic walking pathway. Sealed bids are due January 7, 2013 for the project to be constructed in early 2013.

The project will complete the historic pathway recently built on the eastern half of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg campus, remove unhistorical features such as two 20th century tennis courts, and begin to restore the historic grove of trees to the west of the Seminary Ridge roadway. This grove saw intense fighting on the first day of the great battle in Gettysburg, and became the site of the valiant last defense by Union troops, which took a large number of casualties.  Design has prioritized the value of the historic view shed  to and from the National Military Park and safety for pedestrians and other traffic on the graduate school campus.  Other features include adding drop off areas for buses and cars, racks for bicycles, and added crosswalks for pedestrian safety.


Support for the project includes a $960,000 grant from the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway program, which focuses on the 180 mile corridor between Gettysburg and Monticello. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway is the primary touring route from which visitors can explore this scenic and historically rich landscape that, according to the late historian C. Vann Woodward, has “soaked up more of the blood, sweat, and tears of American history than any other part of the country.”

See this page for additional information, photographs and benefits to the plan.

The design of the project has been guided by MM Architects of Lancaster, PA, with civil engineering by the ELA Group Inc., of Lititz, PA.   The density of parking will be reduced in the area across the street from the Seminary Ridge Museum, slated for its grand opening July 1, 2013. Parking will be added between the seminary library and the YWCA, long time lease holder of a western segment of the campus.
Sealed proposals will be received by Gettysburg Borough (Sponsor), at the Borough Office, 59 East High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 until 2PM on Friday March 2, 2012 at which time they will be publicly opened and read for the following project: MPMS No.65930.   Plans and specifications will be available for inspection at the Township Office February 2, 2012. Copies of the bid documents may be procured by prospective bidders by applying to the Architect’s Office, MM architects, inc., 103 South Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717.393.3211). The non-refundable cost of reproduction and handling will be $50.00 per set. Mail requests will be an additional $10.00. All checks shall be made payable to “MM architects, Inc.”.

Questions and more information may be directed to the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation offices at 717.338.3030 or , or on the web at

Posted: 12/7/2012 3:27:26 PM by John Spangler | with 0 comments

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