Since Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center (SRMEC) opened in 2013, tens of thousands of visitors have ventured to the building’s famous cupola, led by Visitor Services staff.

Starting in 1832, the octagonal tower initially served as a decorative top to the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s primary edifice. It functioned as a vent for rising heat, cooling the building’s lower floors. Students such as 1840s seminarian William Passavant appreciated its “beautiful and diversified view.”

Codie Eash is director of education and museum operations at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. Located at 111 Seminary Ridge, the museum is open Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided Cupola Tours are available. Visit our website www.seminaryridgemuseum.org for more information.

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