Indiana Limestone Demonstrates Durability for the Nittany Lion’s 75th Anniversary

Dec 12

The Nittany Lion Shrine celebrates it’s 75th anniversary as the iconic campus landmark for Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Made from a 13-ton block of Indiana limestone, the landmark continues to be the most photographed statue on campus. Sculpted by Heinz Warneke in 1942, the Nittany Lion Shrine was a gift from the Class of 1940 to the campus.


Not only has the limestone shrine withstood the elements during the Shrine’s 75 year reign, it has survived acts of vandalism, including being covered in paint and losing an ear during an attack by a rival university. Despite the vandalism, the Nittany Lion Shrine has essentially remained untouched until it’s major renovation in 2013.


To learn more about the Nittany Lion Shrine’s 75th celebration, learn more here.

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