Nittany Lion Shrine access restricted starting May 13 for renovations

March 29, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Office of Physical Plant has announced that the schedule for renovations to the Nittany Lion Shrine, which will result in restricted access to the statue and the surrounding area, has been modified to accommodate the University's ROTC commissioning and the Law School commencement ceremonies.

According to the newly modified plan, OPP will perform preparatory work in April that will require the shrine to be closed April 15-19. This is necessary in order to adhere to the final completion date for construction and not impact other milestone dates this summer.

The shrine will then re-open for access from April 20 through May 12.  The full scope of the renovations will begin May 13, and the shrine will be closed to visitors. The area will remain closed throughout the summer until Summer Commencement weekend, Aug. 8-11, then restricted again until the work is done.

Depending on many variables that can impact the progress of the work, including weather, there may be limited access from between summer commencement and Sept. 6, the target completion date of the project.

Penn State's class of 2012 voted to enhance the area surrounding the statue as its senior gift.

Renovations to the shrine include improved lighting, accessibility and landscaping, as well as much-needed repairs to the statue's base. Also, an interpretive historical display will be installed in the vicinity of the shrine with information about the statue's origins and its sculptor, Heinz Warneke. The shrine itself, considered the most photographed spot on campus, is a gift of the class of 1940.

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Last Updated August 09, 2013