Restoration planned for Reading's pagoda

April 13, 2008 6:12:29 AM PDT
A landmark in Reading is turning 100, and plans are taking shape to restore it.

Dozens of volunteers have been sprucing up the Pagoda in anticipation of a $15 million renovation project expected to start this year.

A century ago, William Witman Sr. was inspired to build the Pagoda atop Mount Penn in Reading after receiving a photograph of a similar structure from a friend who had traveled abroad.

The Pagoda was intended to beautify a quarry. The city of Reading now owns the property.

The official commemoration of the Pagodas centennial will take place Aug. 8.

Information from: Reading Eagle,