Scheduled maintenance of Nittany Lion Shrine completed

July 02, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Scheduled maintenance work on the Nittany Lion Shrine at University Park, which began June 1, was completed today (July 2). Conservation work to preserve the historic landmark included repairs to the right ear and some of the claws, as well as cleaning and protective treatment.  

“The Nittany Lion Shrine is the most visited and revered Penn State landmark. This is the latest of several conservation and improvement projects the Office of Physical Plant has undertaken through the years to ensure this enduring symbol of our best continues to be available to the Penn State community,” said Phillip Melnick, senior director of buildings and grounds. “The difference that this conservation project has made to the appearance and physical integrity of the Lion Shrine is remarkable and will protect the shrine for many years to come.”

The conservation work was performed by McKay Lodge Art Conservation Laboratory based in Oberlin, Ohio.

While the current maintenance work is complete and fencing around the shrine will be removed, signage at the site indicates that all COVID-19 protocols remain in place for campus landmarks, including adhering to physical distancing practices and wearing a mask in public prior to and after photos are taken. University officials also ask that people refrain from climbing on the landmarks or physically touching them for their own safety and that of others, as outdoor facilities or structures are not regularly cleaned or disinfected.

Failure by visitors to follow University requirements, which are based on the latest guidance from public health experts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, may result in campus landmarks being closed to the general public until further notice.

Last Updated June 18, 2021