Reading, Pennsylvania: The Pagoda

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Address:
98 Duryea Dr., Reading, PA
Directions:
Summit of Mt. Penn, E edge of Reading on Skyline Blvd.
Hours:
F-Su 12-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
610-655-6271
Admission:
$1 donation appreciated to climb tower.
RA Rates:
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The Pagoda.

The Pagoda

Eight-story, Japanese-style brick and tile structure on Mount Penn, 886 feet above Reading.

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The Pagoda.

The Pagoda

Beautiful view of the city, very impressed with the craftsmanship of the Pagoda.

[Kitty Stoner, 06/06/2014]
Pagoda

M. Night Shyamalan's film "The Last Airbender" was filmed, in part, at the historic structure in 2009.

[John, 06/02/2010]

Pagoda.

Pagoda

The Pagoda turned 100 in August, and soon after the renovation began. Great progress is being made -- the re-guilded gargoyles are back. I'm looking forward to seeing it with its new LED red lights.

One of the coolest things is that the red lights still blink on and off at 9 PM on Christmas Eve -- a signal to the city's children that it's time to get to bed.

[Pulaski, 01/05/2009]
The Pagoda

Back in 1908 a man named William Whitman built the Pagoda, originally intending it to be a resort. Whitman sold the Pagoda to Jonathan Mould in 1910 because Whitman couldn't get a liquor license for his resort. Mould sold it to the city of Reading for $1.

[Joshua Campfield, 05/29/2004]

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