The Pagoda was built in 1908 to cover the fact that the mountain had been mined and turned into an eye-sore. This new pagoda was intended to be a luxury hotel. The idea for a Pagoda instead of a traditional building came from a postcard the owner of the mines received from a friend during a trip overseas.
By 1911, the land and the seven-storied pagoda was sold twice,the last time to the City of Reading for one dollar.
By 1969 the Pagoda was in need of some TLC so Pagoda-skyline Inc, composed of private citizens, is the fund-raising group that now takes care of what has become the area now known as Mount Penn.
Sitting 1200 feet above sea level, the panoramic view from the Pagoda is breath-taking.