Philadelphia Public Art

Content: Ideas, Symbols, and Logos

Andrey Sheptytsky
* Statue of Andrey Sheptytsky
* standing person, crosses, staff, crown
* Behind a fence, but visible from the sidewalk.
* inscription: 1865-1944
* On the grounds just South of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. West side of Franklin between Brown and Poplar (Franklin is one block East of 8th).
* 39.965875,-75.150300 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Andrey Sheptytsky page
+Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

Arts Bank Sign
* name sign
* On the roof. Arts Bank. Southeast corner Broad and South.
* 39.943500,-75.165300 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: New, Unidentified

Bishop Neumann and Southeast Catholic War Memorials
* Statue of Mary
* standing person, flowers, Army, Navy, and Marine insignia, eagle
* The stone lists students with graduation dates from 1955 to 1968
* inscription:
plaque top:
In memory of those who gave their lives
plaque bottom:
1941 World War II 1945
stone top:
In memory of those men who made the supreme sacrifice
Southeast Catholic, Bishop Neumann
stone bottom:
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
Timothy 4:7-8
* East side of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. West side of 10th at Moore.
* 39.927150,-75.162200 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: New, Religious, War
* See also:

* Symbol of Jesus
* cross
* Was on the West side of 17th, between Race and Vine
* Exhibits: Missing, Religious
* See also:
+Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

* Symbol of Jesus
* idea
* inscription: Remember the Unborn Innocents
* In front of St. Francis Xavier. Northeast corner, 24th and Green.
* 39.965925,-75.177200 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: New, Religious
* See also:
+Philadelphia Church Project page for St. Francis Xavier

Engine Company 1 Memorial Plaque
* In memory of Aloysius Boyle, Thomas Donahue, Oliver Exley, John Gormley, William Heller, James Kelley, George McConoghy, John Minnick, George Murray, James Shea, John Welsh and Howard Wilson
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
In memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
Lest we forget
FF. Oliver Exley   Truck E   05/12/1881
FF. William Heller   Engine 1   02/20/1897
FF. James Shea   Engine 1   03/02/1899
FF. James Kelley   Truck E   03/30/1905
FF. Aloysius Boyle   Truck E   11/10/1905
FF. John Minnick   Ladder 5   06/05/1925
BC. George McConoghy   Battalion 1   07/23/1928
FF. John Gormley   Ladder 5   01/24/1937
FF. George Murray   Ladder 5   10/19/1937
BC. Howard Wilson   Engine 1   03/24/1945
FF. Thomas Donahue   Engine 1   01/26/1954
FF. John Welsh   Ladder 5   06/12/1973
Dedicated by the members of E-1, L-5, Bn-1 & Medic 35
* In front of Engine Company 1. East side of Broad, South of Bainbridge.
* 39.942290,-75.165525 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, New

* symbol
* Gate. Southeast corner, 10th and Spring.
* 39.955925,-75.155650 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified

German Society Gate
* logo, eagle
* I cannot find any other use of the word "Prolesflorebit"
* inscription:
The German Society of Pennsylvania
Founded AD 1764
Religione Industria et Fortitudine Germana Prolesflorebit
* Gate. Northeast corner, 7th and Spring Garden.
* 39.961600,-75.149700 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* Exhibits: New

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Entrance
* state seal, horses, bird
* Entrance. Historical Society of Pennsylvania. South side of Locust, West of 13th.
* 39.947910,-75.162700 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+Historical Society of Pennsylvania

In the Beginning. God...
* Symbol of Jesus
* cross, picture of the earth from the moon
* Was over the Neumann Center door on the Northwest corner of 33rd and Market until approximately 2010. The building is now a multicultural center
* Exhibits: Missing, Religious

John Nepomucene Neumann (Shrine)
* Statue of John Nepomucene Neumann
* small standing people, symbols
* inscription:
Front of the statue:
Blessed John Neumann C. SS. R.
Fourth Bishop of Philadephia
Side of the statue:
In memory of Joanne Swiggard [or Swiccard]
Plaque on the base:
"Give Me Holiness"
John N. Neumann
Born March 28, 1811
Ordained Priest June 25, 1836
Became a Redemptorist January 16, 1842
Consecrated Bishop, March 25, 1852
Died January 5, 1860
Declared Heroic in Virtue December 11, 1921
Declared Blessed October 13, 1963
Canonized June 19, 1977
* Outside the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann. South side of Girard, East of 5th.
* 39.97000,-75.144700 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:'s John Nepomucene Neumann page
+The National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

* statue of Mary
* small standing person, head covering, crucifix, rose
* Visible through a gate at the other end of an alley
* Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. North side of Spruce, West of 6th.
* 39.945650,-75.152025 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:'s Holy Trinity page

* statue of Mary
* small head covered, rosary
* North side of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951300,-75.161275 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+St. John's

* statue of Mary
* standing person, kneeling person, head covering, rosary
* Archdiocese. Parking lot, Southwest corner, 17th and Vine.
* 39.958125,-75.167450 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church Entrance
* Symbol of Jesus
* small kneeling angels, cross, plants
* inscription: Where Neighborhood Becomes the Brotherhood
* Above the door. Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church. East side of 42nd at Wallace.
* 39.963750,-75.207000 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified

Patrick Ward Memorial Park
* In memory of Hugo T. Caroselli, David F. Jones, Joe L. Kelly Sr., Joseph E. Shubiak and Patrick E. Ward
* actual US and POW flags, keystone, headshot, hat
* Many of the names are initials or nicknames. I've called out here the names that were most obvious and complete.
* inscription:
In memory of
Sp./4 Patrick E. Ward
Killed in Vietnam
Aug. 22, 1968
And to all the men and women of the neighborhood who gave their today for our tomorrow

Hugo "Hugie" T. Caroselli
The Mayor of 24th and Aspen
Hugo proudly served as a Staff Sergent in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.
Hugo was a founder and dedicated overseer of Patrick Ward Memorial Park
Hugo will always be remembered for his generosity, wisdom, wit, and especially for his kindness.
Hugo's undying commitment to his wife Anna, his family, his community, his church and his country made him a hero to any who knew him. Hugie will always live in our hearts.

PFC David F. Jones
Serial Number 33583089
Company A 32nd Infantry Regiment
U.S. Army
Born Jan. 5, 1923
Died Dec. 2, 1948
David F. Jones, 771 N. 24th St., Phila. PA (1941 to 1943) served our country during World War II and Korea. David served in the China-India-Burma Campaign during WWII (1943 to 1946) then served in Korea 1948 where he was one of the first Americans killed Dec. 2, 1948

Sp 4 Joseph E. Shubiak

in memory of
Joe L. Kelly Sr.
Born March 11, 1929
Died August 5, 2001
Served in US Army June 10, 1951 to June 14, 1953.
Served as commander St. Francis Xavier C.W.V. Post 1020 for 32 years.
A loving husband and father.
Helped maintain Ward Park.
Always worked for Fairmount.
Sadly he will be missed.
* Northwest corner, 24th and Aspen.
* 39.968800,-75.176900 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: War

Philadelphia and the Schuylkill
* quotes from Charles Dickens, John P. Shelden, Frances Trollope and Mark Twain
* signs, sheep, locomotive, machines and tools, basket and barrel, buildings, maps, plants, food, benches with quotes
* an outdoor history exhibit with artistic elements
* inscription:
"The Water Works...are no less Ornamental than Useful, being Tastefully Laid Out as a Public Garden..."
-Charles Dickens
"I Passed Along the Pavement by the Pump-House... I went in. I saw Immense Water-Wheels.."
-Mark Twain (1853) Missouri
"The Celebrated Works on the Schuylkill, by which the Water of the River is Raised ...are Beyond Praise"
-John P. Shelden (1825) Michigan
"But interesting[?] and Curious as this Machinery is, it is, In Truth, One of the Prettiest Spots the Eye can look upon."
-Frances Trollope (1830) England
* Schuylkill Banks between the Waterworks and the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965325,-75.183450 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* See also:'s Charles Dickens page's Frances Trollope page's Mark Twain page

Saint Joseph's University Hawks
* big hawks, Saint Joseph's University shield
* Parking lot entrance posts. Saint Joseph's University. Southwest corner, 54th and City Line.
* 39.996650,-75.235800 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+Saint Joseph's University

Sheep in a Ribbon
* small sheep, Brooks Brothers Logo
* There used to be a Brooks Brothers at this location
* inscription: Established 1818
* East Entrance. West side of 15th between Chestnut and Sansom.
* 39.950775,-75.165700 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also: entry for the building

* idea flag sign
* inscription: Teachers Local 3 AFT AFL-CIO
* Front wall. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. South side of Chestnut between 18th and 19th.
* 39.951660,-75.171100 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:

Unidentified Mosaic Icons
* icons: cross, envelope, paw print, building, tree, bus, paintbrush, book, bicycle, shopping cart
* Fence. Northwest corner, 34th and Brandywine.
* 39.963600,-75.191650 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified

United House of Prayer For All People
* two lions, standing angels, three crosses
* Front wall. United House of Prayer For All People. Haverford and Preston.
* 39.962800,-75.204150 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified, African American
* See also:
+United House of Prayer For All People

Penn Society Obelisk
* Monument to William Penn
* obelisk, plants (on plaque), symbolic wampum belt (on plaque)
* inscription:
obelisk itself:
William Penn born 1644 died 1718
Pennsylvania founded 1681
Treaty Ground of William Penn and the Indian Natives 1682
While other colonies were in conflict and in great distress with the Indians, William Penn through his philosophy of social justice and peace, engaged their friendship and goodwill. Here is the site of the great treaty of amity between William Penn and the Indians which was held in November, 1682 for the purpose of establishing a permanent friendship. The treaty is thought to have been held under the great elm tree, which was blown down by heavy winds on Saturday night, March 3, 1810. The leaves on the seal represents the great elm, and the Wampum-belt represents the great treaty of amity.
* Penn Treaty Park. Delaware and Marlborough.
* 39.966700,-75.128150 [map]
* See also:'s William Penn page
+Friends of Penn Treaty Park
+Penn Treaty Park Historical Plaques

Union Baptist Church Gargoyles
1832 (cornerstone)
* Symbols of Jesus, Saint John, Saint Mark and Saint Matthew
* small kneeling and partial angels, torches, winged bulls, winged lions, crosses, crowns, birds, musical instruments, books
* Walls. Union Baptist Church. South side of Fitzwater, West of 19th.
* 39.942775,-75.174475 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles

Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Hall Eagle
1851 (unconfirmed)
* Seal of the United States: eagle, shield and arrows, olive branches
* 1851 is listed as the date for the church and possibly the whole complex
* inscription: E. Pluribus Unum
* West wall. Parish Hall. Saint Vincent de Paul Church. North side of Price, East of Lena (one block East of Germantown Ave.).
* 40.038350,-75.174350 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also: entry for the building
+St. Vincent de Paul Church

First Presbyterian
1869 - 1872
* Presbyterian symbols, plants, fruit, bird, lizard, dragons
* Over the door. First Presbyterian Church. Southeast corner, 21st and Walnut.
* 39.950650,-75.175550 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: New, Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:'s page for the building
+Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building
+First Presbyterian Church

Abraham Lincoln
Randolph Rogers, 1871
* Statue of Abraham Lincoln
* big seated person, chair, quill, book, eagles, federal and city seals
* Moved in January 2002 from the middle of Kelly Drive to the North side.
* inscription:
To Abraham Lincoln from a grateful people
With malice towards none, with charity towards all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in
Let us here highly resolve that the government of the people. by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth
I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within the states in rebellion are and hence forth shall be free
* Kelly Drive and Sedgely Drive.
* 39.969550,-75.184500 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour
* Exhibits: New, Moved
* See also:'s Randolph Rogers page's Abraham Lincoln page

City Hall, East Pavilion
Alexander Milne Calder, 1873 - 1893
* beaver, crane and owl, butterfly, plants, elephant head, dragon heads, City Hall tower, city seal, ship, plow and scales, scrolls, standing people, reclining people, heads, headgear
* Part of the whole building's art. East entrance City Hall. Market at Juniper.
* 39.952300,-75.162800 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s Alexander Milne Calder page's City Hall page's City Hall page

City Hall, North Pavilion
Alexander Milne Calder, 1873 - 1893
* people sitting, people standing, partial people, groups of people, horse head, seal of the city, ship, plow, cattle head, bear head, lion or tiger head, elephant head
* This pavilion was the first of the four to be cleaned and lit. Standing in this one small portion of the building you can sense the incredible amount of work that went into the building's sculpture.
* Part of the whole building's art. North entrance City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.953000,-75.163400 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s Alexander Milne Calder page's City Hall page's City Hall page

City Hall, South Pavilion
Alexander Milne Calder, 1873 - 1893
* standing people, sitting people, heads, birds, dragons, book and scrolls, staff, cats, seal of Pennsylvania, horses, ship, plow, plants, bison head, squirrel, headgear
* Part of the whole building's art. City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951825,-75.163650 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s Alexander Milne Calder page's City Hall page's City Hall page

Art, Science, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Mining, and Columbia
A.M.J. Mueller, 1876 (approximate)
* standing people, sitting people, groups of people, anchor, column, globe, books and tablet, tools and machine parts, symbols of peace and victory
* On the roof. Memorial Hall. Avenue of the Republc between 41st and Belmont.
* 39.979500,-75.209000 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* See also:'s entry for the building
+Max Buten's picture of this piece

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument
John Massey Rhind, James H. Windrim, 1883
* big standing person wearing a hat, weapons, eagles, horses, olive branches, United States, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia seals
* The eagles and plaques are by John Massey Rhind. The soldier is variously attributed to John Lachmier or Lachmer but is identical to one atop the 1909 West Park monument of the same name and may have been mass produced
* inscription:
They never fail who die in a great cause.
1861 Germantown's tribute to her heroic dead 1883
United States of America
Liberty and Union
now and forever, one and inseperable
The Keystone State
liberty without obedience is confusion and obedience without liberty is slavery.
The City of Brotherly Love
On Earth peace Good will toward men
* Market Square. Germantown between Shoolhouse and Church.
* 40.034325,-75.172300 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:'s John Massey Rhind page's James H. Windrim page's Market Square page

The Washington Monument
Rudolf Siemering, 1897 (restored 1997)
* Monument to George Washington
* big fountains, groups of people, standing people, sitting and reclining people, alligator, bears, birds, bison and oxen, elk and moose, fish, horses, snake, plants, shells, weapons, drum, net, hats, Pennsylvania State Seal
* West end of Eakins Oval. Parkway at 24th.
* 39.964250,-75.179150 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Favorites, New
* See also: 1910 picture of this piece 1959 picture of this piece
+Featured in The Sixth Sense's George Washington page

University Museum Entrance
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1899 (also listed as c. 1920 and 1931)
* insignia, birds, horizontal and seated people
* Over the door. Through the lower (East) courtyard of the Penn Museum. South side of South Street, East of 33rd.
* 39.949160,-75.191140 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:'s Alexander Stirling Calder page
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Memorial Gate
* idea
* inscription: Inveniemus viam aut faciemus
* Gate. Admissions Walk. North side of Spruce between 34th and 36th.
* 39.950800,-75.194475 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour

St. Maron Church Cross and Mosaics
1902 (year of building)
* symbol and mosaics of Jesus and Mary
* three bar cross, standing person, held child, headgear, ship, buildings, clouds, plants, disembodied hand, candle
* The upper mosaic says 1997 at the bottom
* Front wall and entrance. Saint Maron Maronite Catholic Church. North side of Ellsworth, West of 10th.
* 39.935762,-75.160576 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:

Alexander Stirling Calder, 1903
* people kneeling, sundials, zodiac signs, hat
* inscription: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your lord will come.
* Center of the central promenade in the Horticulture Center. Horticulture Drive. East of Belmont..
* 39.983175,-75.212650 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Alexander Stirling Calder page

St. Augustine and St. Patrick
* Statues of Saint Augustine and Saint Patrick
* standing people, hats, staffs, religious symbols
* Front wall. National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia. West side of Broad, South of Ellsworth.
* 39.936300,-75.167350 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Augustine of Hippo page's Saint Patrick page
+National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia

Cresheim Valley Pergola
1909 (restored 2005)
* small turtle, fish, two coats of arms, mill with waterwheel, water, trees
* The reliefs pictured here can be seen on the floor of the pergola in the first picture in front of the benches
* inscription:
marble plaque (badly faded):
This valley was named Krisheim by the Germans of the Rhine who bought the land from William Penn in 1687 and called it after their native village
Germantown Road follows the old Indian trail
The battle of Germantown began a little South of this green October 4, 1777
metal plaque:
February 23, 2005
This pergola and water trough have been refurbished by
The Chestnut Hill Rotary Club to honor 100 years of service by Rotary Clubs
in this country and in the world.
This renewed monument marks an entrance to Fairmount Park as it did when it was originally dedicated in 1909.
This pergola, the bridge and the Cresheim Trail serve as a symbol of the partnership between the communites of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy
* Pergola. Southwest corner Germantown and Cresheim Valley.
* 40.066450,-75.196500 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+article about the restoration

Dutch Settlements Plaque
* Mentions King Charles II, Willem Kieft, Cornelis Jacobsen Mey, Peter Minuit, William Penn, Peter Stuyvesent, Adriaen Jorissen Tienpont, Wouter Van Twiller and Willem Verhulst
* small symbols, beaver, flowers, crowns
* inscription:
In commemoration of the Dutch settlements on the Delaware 1623-1664
The territory occupied by the West India Company and known as New Netherland extended from the Capes of the Delaware to the Connecticut River and embraced within its boundaries the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Directors General of the West India Company Adriaen Jorissen Tienpont, Cornelis Jacobsen Mey, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Wouter Van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Peter Stuyvesent
Chronolgy New Netherland Captured by the English 1664. Recaptured by the Dutch 1673. Ceded to the English 1674. Charter granted by King Charles II to William Penn for the territory since known as Pennsylvania March 4, 1681
The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1909
* Wall. South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951740,-75.163650 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s King Charles II page's Willem Kieft page's Cornelis Jacobsen Mey page's Peter Minuit page's William Penn page's Peter Stuyvesent page's Wouter Van Twiller page's Willem Verhulst page's City Hall page's City Hall page

Swedish Settlements Plaque
* Lists Anders Svennson Bonde, Johan Campanius, Peter Larsson Cock, Anders Larson Dalbo, Mans Nilsson Kling, Joran Kyn, Peter Lindstrom, Peter Minuit, Johan Printz, Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, Peter Hollander Ridder, Johan Risingh, Captain Sven Skute and Olof Persson Stille
* small symbols, lions, crowns, tree
* Many of the names and spellings on this plaque do not match other sources
* inscription:
In commemoration of The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware 1638-1655
New Sweden embraced within its boundaries the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and included lands on the West side of the Delaware from Cape Henlopen to Trenton Falls and on the East side from Cape May to Mantua Creek
Swedish Governors Peter Minuit, Peter Hollender, Johan Printz, Johan Risingh
Swedish Sovereignty passed by capture to the Dutch, 1655
Among the prominent Swedish settlers were Mans Kling, Sven Schute, Johan Campanius, Joran Kyn, Olof Stille, Peter Cock, Anders Dalbo, Peter Lindhstrom, Anders Bonde, Peter Rambo
Erected by The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1909
* Wall. South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951735,-75.163725 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also: Anders Svennson Bonde and his Boon family's Johan Campanius page's Peter Larsson Cock page The Mattson and Dalbo Familes of West Jersey's Mans Nilsson Kling page's Upland, Pennsylvania page mentions Peter Lindstrom's Peter Minuit page
+biography of Johan Printz from's Peter Gunnarsson Rambo page's Peter Hollander Ridder page's Captain Sven Skute page's Olof Persson Stille page's City Hall page's City Hall page

Zimmerman House
* cattle heads, ball with Z
* Under the eaves and on the roof. North side of Fairmount between 4th and 5th.
* 39.962975,-75.145450 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:
+The Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building

Barry Memorial
* Memorial to John Barry
* anchor, rope, plants, cross
* inscription:
In memory of John Barry, father of the American Navy, born in Co. Wexford, Ireland, March 25, 1745.
First captain of the first ship owned by the Continental Congress. Continuous in his service during the entire period of the revolution. Supreme Commander of the entire naval forces of the colonies in the war for independence. Appointed by President Washington to the highest rank and first command of the navy of the United States. He died in Philadelphia September 3, 1803, and is buried in the adjoining churchyard. Requiscat in pace.
* On the wall. Old St. Mary's. West side of 4th Street South of Locust.
* 39.945700,-75.148325 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified, War
* See also:'s Commodore Barry page

Widener Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1914
* horizontal angels, globes, Philadelphia seal, ship, plow, bundles of grain
* also on the North end of the building
* Entrance. North side of Chestnut, West of Juniper.
* 39.950800,-75.162950 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also: entry for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from

Penn Dental Gargoyles
1915 (completion of building)
* small crouching people (some with headgear), monkey, birds, bull, book, symbols
* Spruce and 40th St. walls. Penn Dental School. Northwest corner, 40th and Spruce.
* 39.951865,-75.203150 [map]
* On the University City South Medical Complex tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:'s entry for the building

Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy World War I Memorial
1918 (based on inscription)
* big cross
* inscription:
In loving memory of the men
of Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy
Who died in the World War
France, 1918
They challenge us to hold more precious than mortal life
Ideals of Honour, Justice, and Righteousness.
They counted not their lives dear unto themselves
* Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane.
* 40.067750,-75.197150 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: War

Thorfinn Karlsefni
Einar Jonsson, 1918
* Statue of Thorfinn Karlsefni
* standing person, helmet, sword and shield, carved people, words
* inscription:
Following Leaf Ericson's discovery of North America in 1003, Thorfinn Karlsefni, with 165 men and 35 women established a settlement which lasted 3 years, and his son Snorri was born in North America.
Lief Ericson society of Pennsylvania
Scandanavian Craft Club of Philadelphia
October 9, 1976
* Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row.
* 39.970190,-75.190050 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+The Einar Jonsson Museum's Thorfinn Karlsefni page

Western Union Logo
* small bas-relief map of the world, lightning bolts, Western Union logo
* Wall. North side of Locust, West of 11th.
* 39.947650,-75.159550 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:'s entry for the building

St. Stephen Community House
* Relief bust of Saint Stephen
* head, cross, roses
* Wall. St. Stephen's Church. Ludlow East of 10th (just North of 10th and Chestnut).
* 39.950700,-75.156350 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* See also: entry for the building's Saint Stephen page

City Seal
1925 (from cornerstone)
* small seal of the city, standing people, ship, plow, scroll, food
* Was on the Southwest corner, Juniper and Race. Removed from the building 2008 prior to demolition for Convention Center expansion.
* Wall.
* Exhibits: Missing, Unidentified

Warwick Hotel
* small crest, helmet, urn with standing people, goat heads, lion heads, birds
* oddly located on a blank wall where the Locust Street entrance used to be.
* Wall. North side of Locust between 17th and 18th.
* 39.948940,-75.169800 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:'s entry for the building

Fidelity Mutual Building
Lee Lawrie, 1926 - 1927
* Building renamed in honor of Raymond G. Perelman and Ruth Perelman
* big people standing sitting, furniture, weapons, kite, ships, tools and machines, dogs, horses, alligators, elephants, owls, squirrels, buildings, trains, plants, symbols and words
* Originally an insurance building. Donated to the Art Museum by the Perelmans. The pictures here are only a representative sampling of the art.
* inscription:
Pennsylvania side:
In the honor and perpetuity of the family is founded the state. In the nobler life of the household is the nobler life of mankind.
26th side:
He labors best who loves best : the finest work of a man's life is to open the doors of opportunity to those who depend on him.
* The whole building. Perelman Annex. Northwest corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania.
* 39.967490,-75.179490 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+Museum press release about the donation's page for the building
+Max Buten's picture of one of the reliefs
+Another Max Buten picture of one of the reliefs's Lee Lawrie page

Great Seals of Cities and States
Paul Philippe Cret, Leon Hermant, 1926
* big Seals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, standing people, arm, scales and plow, ship, basket, fruit, scroll, horses, eagle
* The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania seals are in Philadelphia. The Camden and New Jersey seals (not pictured) are in Camden.
* Bridge anchorages. Ben Franklin Bridge. West of Columbus on Race and South of Vine on Water.
* 39.954225,-75.140300 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+The Paul Philippe Cret Collection at's Leon Hermant page's Benjamin Franklin Bridge page

Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Nicola D'Ascenzo Studios, 1927
* scroll and tablet, large cats, angel wings, tree, sun, other symbols
* inscription: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples
* Entrance. Congregation Rodeph Shalom. East side of Broad Street at Green.
* 39.963825,-75.160900 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also: Nicola D'Ascenzo page
+Congregation Rodeph Shalom

Scottish Rite Emblems
1927 (date of building. Metal emblem may be later)
* Scottish Rite emblems, double-headed eagles, crowns
* inscription:
Deus Meumque Jus
Supreme Council
AASR Nor Jur.
Prince Hall Affiliation
* Front wall. Scottish Rite Cathedral. South side of Fitzwater West of 15th.
* 39.942050,-75.168410 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* See also:

Art Museum Roof Ornaments
1928 (year of building)
* griffins (museum logo), gazelles, plants
* Best seen on top of the South pediment.
* Around the roof. Art Museum. 24th and the Parkway.
* 39.965000,-75.181015 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+Philadelphia Museum of Art

Drexel Building
* zodiac signs and symbols, ram, meregoat, bull, winged people sitting and kneeling, crab and fish, lion, musical instrument, scales, scorpion, centaur, weapons, jug, water, headgear, eagle
* inscription: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
* Whole Building. Northeast corner, 15th and Walnut.
* 39.949625,-75.165850 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also: entry for the building

First National Bank Building
1928 (original building date)
* small seated people, birds, dog head, lion head, snakes, zodiac signs
* Zodiac signs and dog's head are behind the 15th street entrance awning.
* Whole Building. Southwest corner, 15th and Walnut.
* 39.949500,-75.166040 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: New, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1928 - 1929
* gargoyles and statue of Saint Paul
* small standing person, Bible, sword, crosses, plants, dragons and chimeras, snake, bird, fish
* inscription: Spiritus Gladius
* Whole building.. St. Paul's Episcopal Church. South side of Chestnut Hill Ave., East of Germantown Ave..
* 40.079100,-75.208850 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+gargoyle hunter's page for the building's entry for the building
+St. Paul's Chestnut Hill

Bruce S. Marks Scout Resource Center
* logos, insignia, and mottoes, lion's head, shields, stars, birds, bison, tools, tent, anchor, torch, flowers
* inscription:
Youth Prepared Safeguards the Nation
Founded MCMX
This house dedicated to the training
of boys for youthful citizenship. Was
built by the Boy Scouts and their friends.
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the scout law.
* Whole building.. Southeast corner, 22nd and Winter. One block South of the Parkway.
* 39.958850,-75.175300 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: New

N.W. Ayer Building Doors
J. Wallace Kelly, Raphael Sabatini, 1929
* small seated people, standing people, partial people, groups of people, furniture, sun, swords, books, publishing equipment, implications of building interiors, zodiac signs, ram, crab, centaur
* Doors. 210 West Washington Square (West side of 7th, South of Walnut).
* 39.947250,-75.153400 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:'s J. Wallace Kelly Page

Temple Gates
1929 (installed 1960)
* lamp, Temple seal, building
* Gates. Pollett Walk (formerly Berks Mall), East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981650,-75.156900 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour

Board of Education Building
* groups of people, people standing, people sitting and kneeling, winged people, books, tablets, scrolls, writing implements, linked BE logo, eagles, scarf, staff, buildings, tools, urns, jugs, ship, hourglass, lamp, light fixtures, plants, sun, globes
* There is artwork on the Winter and 21st street sides and in the courtyard on Winter. The School District no longer occupies the building.
* Building. Southwest Corner, 21st and Winter.
* 39.958900,-75.174150 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: New, Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building

Curtis Hall, Thomas Jefferson University
* standing people, medical instruments, plants, lions, birds, various medical symbols
* Entrance. Curtis Hall, Thomas Jefferson University. North side of Walnut between 10th and 11th.
* 39.948625,-75.157800 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Medical
* See also:'s page for the building
+Thomas Jefferson University

Mitten Hall
* standing, sitting and horizontal, partial people, musical instruments, sun, moon and stars, telescope, flying horse, castle, symbols
* Pictures have been significantly color altered to show detail. Owls carved at the corners and reliefs on the South wall are not yet pictured.
* West wall. East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981900,-75.156900 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's Mitten Hall page

All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
J. Otto Schweizer, 1934
* group of people standing, torch, hats and helmets, shield, eagles and large feather, horses, seal of Pennsylvania
* inscription:
front: Erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in honor of her colored soldiers.
back: To commemorate the heroism and sacrifice of all colored soldiers who served in the various wars engaged in by the United States of America that a lasting record shall be made of their unselfish devotion to duty as an inspiration to future generations this monument is dedicated May 30, 1934.
right: American Revolution, Civil War, Indian Wars
left: Spanish American War, Phillipine Insurrection, World War
* West side of Logan Square. Aviator Park. Southeast of 20th and the Parkway.
* 39.958320,-75.171800 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Moved, War, African American
* See also: 1935 picture of this piece from a previous location in Fairmount Park
+One of Max Buten's pictures of this piece
+Another of Max Buten's pictures of this piece's Logan Circle page

Family Unity
Giuseppe Donato, 1940
* big group of people sitting, dog, dove, books, plants, symbols of justice, law, and peace
* East pediment. Family Court. North side of Vine West of 18th.
* 39.959050,-75.169125 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+Family Court

Juvenile Protection
Louis Milione, 1940
* big group of people, some standing, some sitting, plants, symbols of justice, law and peace
* West pediment. Family Court. North side of Vine East of 19th..
* 39.959150,-75.169950 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+Family Court

State Shields
Louis Milione, 1940
* state shields, plants, people sitting and prone, standing, headgear, weapons, tools, scrolls, ships, anchor, flags, food, canine, birds, buildings and parts of buildings, water, mountains, globe, sun and stars
* Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia
* Wall. 9th Street Post Office. West side of 9th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.950550,-75.155400 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour

The Birth of a Nation
Henry Kreis, 1943
* Quote from George Washington
* cannon, group of people standing, eagle, idea
* inscription:
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unaliable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
-Declaration of Independence
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply as finally staked on the experiment intrusted to the hands of the American people.
-First Inaugural of George Washington
A Nation is Formed
* South Terrace Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row.
* 39.972750,75.190490 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour
* See also:'s Henry Kreis page's George Washington page's Samuel Memorial tour page

World War I Tablet
Nicola D'Ascenzo Studios, 1943 (? not legible)
* small eagle, branches, symbols
* inscription:
This tablet is erected by grateful citizens in honor of the men who offered the supreme sacrifice and of the women who forever glorified womanhood and made victory possible in the Great World War for The Freedom of Mankind
Not for a transient victory or some
stubborn belief that they alone were right
not for a selfish purpose did they fight
but for the generations still to come
Aug 4, 1914 - Apr 6, 1917 - Nov 11, 1918
* Wall. East side of the South tower entrance, City Hall. Market, West of Juniper.
* 39.952600,-75.163450 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also: Nicola D'Ascenzo page's City Hall page's City Hall page

Schuylkill Navy War Memorial
* small Schuylkill Navy logo, seahorses, oars, hand, triton
* inscription:
This Grandstand is dedicated to the memory of oarsmen who made the supreme sacrifice.
World War I, World War II.
Erected by the Schuylkill Navy, July 4, 1950
* Wall. Reviewing Stands. River side of Kelly Drive.
* 39.985540,-75.202425 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Schuylkill Navy:

Guglielmo Marconi Tablet
* Plaque honoring Guglielmo Marconi
* small bas relief map of the world, lightning bolts symbolizing radio waves
* This picture has been retouched to remove scrawled and splashed paint.
* inscription:
Telegraph and Unidirectional Radio
Deeply religious humanitarian genius, glory of the world in
Italy and glory of Italy in the world. His inventions saved
millions of lives and will continue to do so as long as this world
exists. First wireless message 1896. First transatlantic marconigram
S.O.S. 1901. Born near Bologna, Italy, 1874, Died - Rome, Italy 1937
Tablet dedicated at Philadelphia, 1955, Mayor Joseph S. Clark, Jr.
* Marconi Plaza. West side of Broad, South of Oregon.
* 39.916150,-75.171700 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* See also:
+Guglielmo Marconi Foundation

Three Bar Russian Cross
* Symbol of Jesus
* 3 bar cross, moon and stars
* Over the entrance. Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady. South side of Brandywine, West of 20th.
* 39.964300,-75.170975 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady

Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
1959 (year of building)
* Symbols and name of Jesus
* crosses and other symbols
* North and West sides. Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Southeast corner, 22nd and Bainbridge.
* 39.944100,-75.178710 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith

Phoenix Above Maltese Cross
Sarala Ruth Pinto, 1962
* phoenix, maltese cross
* Wall. East side of 12th North of Reed.
* 39.932600,-75.163885 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters

City Seal
Dexter Jones, 1966
* big seal of the city, standing people, ship, plow, scroll, food
* Entrance. Municipal Services Building. North side of JFK between Broad and 15th.
* 39.953900,-75.164420 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* Exhibits: New

Robert Indiana, 1966 (date is from the Penn website)
* idea
* The better known copy of this piece is on JFK plaza. This copy replaced We Lost
* Locust Walk, just East of 36th.
* 39.951825,-75.194875 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece's Robert Indiana page
+Smithsonian interview with Robert Indiana

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
1966 (date of building, mosaics are later)
* Mosaics of Jesus and Pope John Paul II
* partial people, keys and other symbols
* inscription:
His Holiness
Pope John Paul II
Visited this Cathedral
4 October 1979
* Entrance. Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. West side of Franklin between Brown and Poplar (Franklin is one block East of 8th).
* 39.966325,-75.150050 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Pope John Paul II page
+Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

Peace Symbol
Robert Engman, 1967
* peace symbol
* This piece has been listed as being by David Linquist or Lindquist, but according to the Smithsonian, it was a group student project supervised by Robert Engman
* Woodland Walk East of 36th.
* 39.952600,-75.194175 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Favorites, Peace and Love
* See also:'s Robert Engman page

For the Greater Glory of God
1968 (approximate year of building)
* standing person, Jesuit motto
* Wall. St. Joe's Prep. Northwest corner, 17th and Girard.
* 39.972300,-75.164500 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+St. Joe's Prep

Welsh Society Plaque
* One line biographies of Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris and William Penn
* small dragon logo
* inscription:
The Welsh Society
Organized March 1, 1729
Gogoniant i Dduw
Glory to God
Commemorating the Welsh contributions to the founding of the City of Philadelphia the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America
William Penn, 1644-1718, proclaimer of freedom of religion and planner of New Wales, later named Pennsylvania
Robert Morris, 1734-1806, foremost financier of the American Revolution and signer of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence
Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816, author of the final draft of the COnstitution of the United States
John Marhall, 1755-1835, Chief Justice of the United States and Father of American Constitutional Law
Erected on St. David's Day, March 1, 1968
* East wall. City Hall. Market at Juniper.
* 39.952250,-75.162750 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+The Welsh Society of Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson page's John Marshall page's Gouverneur Morris page's Robert Morris page's William Penn page's City Hall page's City Hall page

St. Rita of Cascia Statue
1970 (approximate, new mold 2010)
* Statue of Saint Rita of Cascia
* small standing person, habit, crosses
* Just South of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia. West side of Broad, South of Ellsworth.
* 39.936100,-75.167400 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia

Mack Maroshick, 1970
* group of children standing spelling the word cat
* Wall. North side of the Shot Tower Recreation Center, North side of Carpenter West of Front.
* 39.934800,-75.146100 [map]
* On the South Philly tour

The Funder
Tonnie Jones, 1971
* parts of people, unidentified creature, serpent, ankh
* The funder of this piece was the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
* Christina Place, North of Haverford between 46th and 48th.
* 39.962800,-75.214900 [map]
* Exhibits: African American
* See also:
+picture of similiar piece by the artist at, used to confirm attribution

John Nepomucene Neumann (Cathedral)
* Statue of John Nepomucene Neumann
* small standing person, cross
* inscription:
Born in Bohemia 1811.
Redemptionist Missionary.
Father of the parochial schools in the United States.
Died in Philadelphia 1860.
Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia.
Man of God.
* Outside the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. East side 18th Street, North of the Parkway.
* 39.957840,-75.168900 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:'s John Nepomucene Neumann page page for the building's page for the building

Joseph C. Bailey, 1973
* Symbol of Jesus
* big cross
* Outside Bright Hope Baptist Church. Southeast corner, 12th and Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.977875,-75.154060 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour
* Exhibits: Religious

Golden Slippers
Harold Kimmelman, 1973
* symbol of mummery
* North of Philip and Manton just South of Federal.
* 39.932750,-75.148000 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:
+Harold Kimmelman @

Peace Memorial
Harold Kimmelman, 1974
* flag, eagle, logos of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines
* inscription: Dedicated to the men and women of this community who served their country with valor and courage.
* Just off the intersection of Aramingo, Margaret, and Milnor under the I-95 ramp over Milnor.
* 40.005450,-75.076250 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Harold Kimmelman @

Justice the Guardian of Liberty
* Seal of the United States of America, eagle, stars, olive branches, shield and arrows
* South wall. Federal Court. North side of Market, East of 7th.
* 39.951000,-75.151300 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:'s James A. Byrne United States Courthouse page

Khoren der Harootian, 1976
* Statue of Meher
* cross, standing, sittng, and lying people, human bones, helmets, weapons, buildings, mountains, plants, horses, vulture, water, sun
* inscription:
On this day, April 24, 1976, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the martyrdom of the Armenian nation and celebrating the bicentennial year of American independence, we Americans of Armenian heritage in eternal gratitude to God dedicate this monument to our adopted land of the United States.
Meher - A legendary figure of inspiring power symbolizing the invincible faith of the Armenian people, the first nation to embrace Christianity (301 AD).
Keeping Watch over the cultural heritage of Armenia.
Day of Infamy, April 24, 1915 the genocide and martyrdom of the Armenian Nation.
St. Vartan at the battle of Avarayr (451 AD). History's first defense of the Christian faith.
Mid the ashes of the martyrs, mother and child look to freedom for Armenia and all nations.
* South side of Kelly Drive, West of 25th.
* 39.966500,-75.179800 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+page about this piece from

Saint Nicholas Church
* Mosaic of Jesus
* big standing person from the waist up, angels, symbols
* Above the entrance.. South side of Poplar, West of 24th.
* 39.972075,-75.176360 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Religious

The Winged Ox, Symbol of St. Luke the Physician
Henry Mitchell, 1976
* Symbol of Saint Luke
* winged ox, symbol
* The pole is inscribed with the names of famous doctors, starting with Hippocrates at the bottom.
* On the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. South side of Walnut just West of 10th.
* 39.948400,-75.157850 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Medical, Religious
* See also:
+Thomas Jefferson University

Thirteen into One
Harold Kimmelman, 1977
* idea, abstract representation
* Fenced garden, East of 4th, North of Market. Visible through the fence at the East end next to the walkway.
* 39.950825,-75.146300 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+Harold Kimmelman @

Robert Indiana, 1978
* idea
* There is another copy of LOVE on the Penn campus.
* John F. Kennedy Plaza (Love Park). Northwest of the Northwest corner, JFK and Arch.
* 39.954150,-75.165500 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Favorites, Peace and Love
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece's Robert Indiana page
+Smithsonian interview with Robert Indiana

University of Pennsylvania Class of 1930 Plaque
* Bas relief bust of Benjamin Franklin
* small head, seal of the University of Pennsylvania
* inscription: Benjamin Franklin
The class of 1930 at its 50th Reunion honors Benjamin Franklin founder of the University of Pennsylvania which began at this site in 1749 and which in 1779 became the first University in this nation. We recognize the growth of our beloved institution from small beginning to world renown. May our fellow men note our affection for the University and our respect for its architect.
* Wall. West side of 4th, just South of Arch.
* 39.952250,-75.146900 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin

Falling Star Relief
Charles Madden, 1983
* Tribute to Louis Kahn
* abstract falling star symbol, sign
* Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park. Northwest corner, 11th and Pine.
* 39.945050,-75.160250 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also: picture of this piece
+Charles Madden's Louis Kahn page
+Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park

Philadelphia Beirut Memorial
Douglas Corsini, 1985
* Memorial to Cpl. Moses Arnold, Jr., Sgt. John J. Bonk, Jr., Cpl. Thomas A. Hairston, Sgt. Gilbert Hanton, Cpl. John F. Muffler, Sgt. Rafael Pomales-Torres, Pfc. Rui Manuel A. Relvas, Cpl. Louis J. Rotondo and Sgt. Allen D. Wesley
* eagle, 3D USMC logo, globe, anchor
* Was at Penn's Landing on the North side of the Seaport Museum. Moved prior to 2010. The last picture is from the original location.
* inscription:
In Memoriam to the Philadelphia Marine Casualties of the Beirut Peace Keeping Mission.
If you forget my death then I died in vain.
October 23, 1983, 241 servicemen killed in the Beirut Terrorist Bombing.
Dedicated October 20, 1985
* Walkway North and East of Front and Spruce.
* 39.944885,-75.142660 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: Moved, War

The Tableau
* Representations of Adam, David, Eve, Isaiah and The Magi
* groups of people, standing people, furniture, sitting people, headgear, staffs, crutch, tools, Earth, sun, moon, planets, stars, water, buildings, plants, lion, lamb, food, serpent, symbols
* Includes a representation of City Hall and William Penn
* inscription: A series of 8 Sculptured Murals commissioned by Monsigner Charles V. Devlin, PA, in 1986.
The first half of the tableau tells a story via excerpts from biblical history from the creation of the world to the birth of Jesus Christ:
I. Creation
II. Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
III. The Prophet Isaiah prophesying the Messiah
IV. King David
V. The Three Wisemen of the Epiphnany
The second half depicts the mission of St. John the Evangelist Church and how we can all continue the mystery of God's love by caring for the needs of:
VI. The sick
VII. The homeless and needy
VIII. The imprisoned
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you clothed me, ...I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me."
* North side of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951300,-75.161300 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Adam page's David page's Eve page's Isaiah page's Magi page
+St. John's

Word Play
David Cerulli, 1986
* abstract idea
* Painted red since the artist's picture was taken.
* Mayfair Playground. Princeton Ave. and Battersby St..
* 40.039380,-75.053150 [map]
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Perry M. Morgan, 1987
* ideas, ideals and logos map, people standing, crouching, helmets, weapons, airplanes and helicopters, plants, buildings
* inscription:
The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial is designed to honor those who served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. The memorial pays tribute to the 80,000 Philadelphia Vietnam Era Veterans who served our country in our nation's longest war.
By honoring these veterans the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial separates the warrior from the war, focuses on the valor and sacrifice of those patriots, and gives each of them a place in history.
It is our duty to remember the gallant Americans whose names grace this wall. They sacrificed their lives in the service of our country during the Vietnam War 1964-1975.
For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.
* Plaza. Southeast Corner, Front and Spruce.
* 39.943910,-75.142825 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: War, African American

How to Retain Site Memory While Developing the Landscape
Winifred Lutz, 1990
* big idea, column from the Preston Retreat, abstract
* inscription: The Preston Retreat was here once but now it is a circle for arrivals and departures.
* Courtyard Traffic Circle. CityView Condominiums. West side of 20th between Hamilton and Spring Garden.
* 39.962800,-75.171900 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* See also:
+Penn Nursing Preston Retreat page
+Winifred Lutz article from Sculpture magazine

Subject/Object Memory
Lauren Ewing, 1990
* words, chairs
* Checked July 2013. Chairs are missing. Able to transcribe most of the historical inscription.
* inscription:
This was a land of natural beauty and bounty. Oak, Maple, Hawthorne, Cherry, Sweetgum, Crabapple and Ash sheltered deer, fox, rabbit and racoon. The lower land was cut through by hundreds of creeks, and streams rich in muskrat, beaver, fish and waterfowl. This was the home of the Lenni Lenape and Minquas who lived in harmony with the land. (see natural habitat at Tinecum Envm. Cntr.)
In 1638 Swedish settlers founded the colony of New Sweden. The colony prospered and grew because of the fur trade. The settlers built log homes, dams and mills and cleared the land for farms. The wilderness was transformed. When William Penn sailed up the Delaware decades later, he saw a peaceful colony with schools, snug houses, churches and law courts with jury trials.
In 1762 Swedish worshippers built St. James Kingsessing (68th and Wdlnd). The first recorded burial was Jacob Lincoln, 1725-1769. During the Revolutionary War the British attacked Washington's men at the Blue Bell Tavern. Every 20 minutes 1,000 cannon balls were fired at Ft. Mifflin. One passed through the Adam Guyer house while the family dined. (see Cannon Ball House near Ft. Mifflin)
The Penrose Ferry Hotel and Blue Bell Tavern (built 1776) were popular meeting places for local residents and travelers. Legends flourished about marsh creatures and unsavory local characters such as One-armed Tom Robinson. In 1802 Tom framed a man for a grisly murder he committed. After the innocent man hanged, Tom gleefully admitted his misdeeds.
[not legible]
June 9, 1859 the ladies of St. James Church hosted a strawberry festival at Bartram Gardens (residence of Andrew M. Eastwick) to fund a new schoolhouse. From 1880-92, the present Penrose Plaza site was Suffolk Park Racetrack. July 9, 1866 Bud Doble drove "Dexter" to a record win in 2 min. 23 1/2 sec. Wm. T. Eastwick and Emma Thomas married on June 2, 1870 at st. James Church.
A map dated 1872 shows large farm estates in this area. Local family names were Johnson, Young, Mitchell, Holstein and Serrill. The P.B.& W Railroad stopped at Bell Road Sta. and a steam car ran on Darby St. (Woodland). It cost 5c and took only 15 min. to reach Broad and Market Sts. By '86 lots were selling in the area. New streets opened and a hotel was built.
The 20th C. brought industry and population growth to Eastwick. Fels-Naptha Soap and Brill trolley cars were made here. Land was drained for Wilson Field (now Phila. Intn. Airport). In 1927 Lindbergh landed here. During W.W.I Hog Island Naval Yard employed local workers whose sandwiches became known as "Hoagies". Everyday, 1905-16, Anthony Rubillo lit and put out the local street lamps.
The Meadows, as residents called it, was a multi-racial community with churches of all denominations. Neighborhood kids starred on American Bandstand. In 1950 it was declared an Urban Renewal Area. In 1958 the Redevelopment Authority condemned 2,535 homes and 37 churches to make way fora "city within a city." Residents strongly resisted displacement and the imposed change.
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* In the parking lot of Penrose Plaza. West side of Island, South of Lindbergh.
* 39.899475,-75.239700 [map]
* On the Southwest Philly tour
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+Penrose Plaza

Alder Street Walls
Isaiah Zagar, 1991
* big abstract partial people, words
* Walls. Alder Street South of South (between 10th and 11th).
* 39.942600,-75.159175 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:

Chinatown Sound Barrier
* symbol and text
* Wall. South side of Vine at 10th.
* 39.956725,-75.155750 [map]
* On the Convention District tour

Skin of the Bride
Isaiah Zagar, 1991 - 2000
* big abstract, words
* Walls. Painted Bride Art Center. South side of Vine between 2nd and 3rd.
* 39.955725,-75.143950 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+Painted Bride Art Center

Columbus Monument
Venturi, Scott Brown (and Rauch), 1992
* Monument to Christopher Columbus
* big abstract obelisk, pennant, biographical text
* At the time this piece was built the firm was named Venturi, Scott Brown
* inscription:
Charismatic Leader, Navigator, Mathematician, Cartographer
Cinquecento Anniversary
Columbus, intrepid navigator, with a sense of the sea unparalleled before or after him. A native son of Genoa, he became through his dedication to a dream, an honored hero of history.
His keen intellect, abiding faith, and undaunted persistence made him a giant among men of this millenium.
* Columbus at Dock Street.
* 39.944650,-75.141500 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates's Christopher Columbus page

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Isaiah Zagar, 1994 - 2013 (ongoing)
* big abstract partial people, plates, dishes, cups, bottles, bicycle parts, words
* Large portions are visible from the sidewalk. See the website for admission information.
* Courtyard/garden. South side of South between 10th and 11th.
* 39.942825,-75.159400 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:

The Freedom Ring
Houston Conwill, Joseph De Pace, Estella Conwill Majozo, 1994
* map, quotes about freedom
* Features a map which shows some of Philadelphia's historic houses of worship, hospitals, and government sites, plus expressions of freedom in 36 languages, and a spiral of phrases including "We shall overcome", and "Go down Moses"
* Plaza. Community College. Between 17th and 18th, South of Spring Garden. Can be reached from the walkway on the West side of 18th.
* 39.961850,-75.167375 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* Exhibits: Religious, African American
* See also: Houston Conwill page
+Community College of Philadelphia

Clef Club
Les Rosenwinkel, 1995
* big abstract idea
* Wall. Clef Club. North side of Fitzwater, West of Broad.
* 39.941925,-75.166300 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+Clef Club of Jazz

Schell Street Walls
Isaiah Zagar, 1996
* big abstract designs, plants, partial people, sitting and reclining people, standing people, group of people, hats, tableware, words
* Walls. Both sides of Schell between South and Bainbridge.
* 39.942400,-75.156694 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:

Wilma Theater Sign
Hugh Hardy, 1996
* big name sign
* Front wall. Wilma Theater. East side of Broad, North of Spruce.
* 39.947210,-75.164565 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+Wilma Theater

Column Court
Lawrence D. McEwen, Architects, 1997
* hands, world map, peace sign, hearts, standing person, music and musical instruments, food, plants
* Children's Park in Chestnut Hill. Germantown and Southampton.
* 40.074650,-75.203700 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:'s page for this piece's page for the park including pictures of this piece
+Lawrence D. McEwen, Architects

Hawthorne Center Hands
Lynn Denton, 1997
* hand prints, names
* East Wall. Hawthorne Cultural Center. West side of 12th, South of Carpenter.
* 39.938350,-75.162925 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also: article that mentions this piece
+City Paper article about Lynn Denton Hawthorne Cultural Center page

Pennsylvania National Guard Monument
* Monument to a group organized by Benjamin Franklin
* small lion, sword and shield, keystone
* inscription:
The rampant lion. Crest of the PA National Guard.
1747 1997
Near this site the Associators, a group of citizen-soldiers organized by Benjamin Franklin and predecessor to the modern Pennsylvania National Guard, established the first Pennsylvania military installation to defend the colony and the port of Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania National Guard dedicates this monument to those patriots on our two hundredth anniversary.
* Penn's Landing between Dock and South.
* 39.941850,-75.141325 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin

Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
Isaiah Zagar, 1997
* big abstract sign, ideas
* Wall. West side of 23rd between Fairmount and Aspen.
* 39.967840,-75.175400 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* See also:
+Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility

Black Bottom Memorial Wall
Andrea Zamel, 1999
* map, heart and hands symbol, standing people, sitting person, bulldozer, houses, weapons, flag
* a collaberative project with Penn and University City High School students
* inscription:
The Black Bottom was a predominately African American community that once existed between 32nd Street and 40th Street and between Walnut Street and Lancaster Avenue. Within these boundaries was a community based on loyalty, trust, and respect. It was born of economic adversity but based on love. Their love was for their community and its members and they cared for each other as family. Everyone was helpful to one another. The children were raised together. With pride in their hearts and pride for their community prejudice was a stranger to the people of the Black Bottom. The walls of the community were torn down to make way for "Urban Renewal." However the sense of community was planted in the hearts of the members proving that a community can thrive even in a field of barren ground. Resistance did not prevent their neighborhood from being physically destroyed but resistance preserved it in their memories even today. The community still meets every year on the last Sunday in August for the Black Bottom Reunion at Fairmount Park. It is the largest neighborhood gathering in the history of Philadelphia.
We were like a big family, close together until the bulldozers of urban renewal came around. They tore down our neighborhood - but not our spirits! The Black Bottom still is home in our hearts.
We fought to protect our neighborhood and our country.
* Wall. Southeast corner of University City High School. West side of 36th, North of Filbert.
* 39.957425,-75.194200 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: War, African American
* See also:'s University City High School page

Tabernacle United Church Signs
Lynn Denton, 1999
* signs, religious symbols and imagery, boat, Earth, food, sitting and standing people, birds, plants, musical instruments, sheep, hands, water
* tiles painted by the congregation
* Tabernacle United Church. Southwest corner, 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.954800,-75.196650 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+City Paper article about Lynn Denton
+Tabernacle United Church

2000 (very approximate)
* unlabeled compass
* West side of 17th, South of Market.
* 39.952635,-75.168700 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Recovering World
Lynn Denton, 2001 - 2002
* big furniture, seated people, headgear, people together, parts of people, sun and stars, globe, abstract shapes, musical instruments, boat, water, buildings, symbols
* An ArtWell project designed and built with help from the recovering addicts at New Jerusalem and local children.
* Partially on the wall. East side of New Jerusalem. Northwest corner, 20th and Norris.
* 39.984550,-75.166725 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+City Paper article about Lynn Denton

South Street Laundromat Patio
Isaiah Zagar, 2001 - 2004
* big abstract partial people, bottles, bicycle wheels, words
* lower parts are visible through the fence
* Walls. East side of Schell, South of South.
* 39.942350,-75.156660 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:

The Tuttleman Center
* partial people, seated people, ball of yarn, cat, cell phone and calculator, cooking utensils, movie equipment, chinese characters, flower, food, masks, musical instruments, pencil and paper, sand, shells, sports equipment, water
* This is only a representative sampling of the art.
* North wall. Southwest from School House Lane and Henry Ave..
* 40.019400,-75.192375 [map]
* On the Philadelphia University Campus tour

Trust Deli Tree of Life
* abstract plant (tree of life)
* Wall. Southwest corner, 26th and Brown.
* 39.970260,-75.179800 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour

Irish Memorial
Glenna Goodacre, 2002 (opened late 2003)
* small group of people standing, lying and sitting, grave stones, crosses, shovel, part of a ship, luggage, cane, hats
* inscription:

The hunger ended
but it never went away
It was there in silent memories,
from one generation
to the next,

The time to take away
the silence has come,
to commemorate,
to mourne what was lost
to celebrate what survives -
without apology or fear.

We have it in our power
not only to remember
what took place but to relive it...
To find in the hungry and lost,
not a different race...
but the faces of our ancestors...
An image of ourselves.

             Peter Quinn

* Southeast corner, Front and Chestnut.
* 39.947850,-75.142050 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+Artist's site for this piece

Mario the Magnificent
Eric Berg, 2002
* In honor of Mario V. Mascioli
* dragon, logo
* Based on the Drexel University logo.
* inscription: In honor of Mario V. Mascioli, '45, an exemplary alumnus
* On the campus of Drexel University. Southeast corner, 33rd and Market.
* 39.955400,-75.189325 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+Eric Berg Studios
+obituary of Mario V. Mascioli from
+Drexel University

Philadelphia Korean War Memorial
* Letter from Kim Dae-jung
* emblems and historical text, map, pictures of people, free-standing walls, relief busts, headgear
* a row of ground-mounted plaques (in the last four pictures) has been added on the North side of the piece since the original installation
* 38th Parallel Place (near Front, Dock, and Spruce).
* 39.944910,-75.143450 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Philadelphia Korean War Memorial website's Kim Dae-jung page

Doorways to Peace
Joe Brenman, Cathleen Hughes, Fadwa Kashkash, 2003 - 2004
* abstract shapes, ideas
* Walls. Al Aqsa Islamic Society. Northeast corner, Germantown Ave. and Jefferson St..
* 39.973750,-75.141700 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+Joe Brenman's page for this piece
+Joe Brenman's page at's Cathleen Hughes page

Alison Sky, 2003
* Quotes from Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Chief Joseph, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Yan Phou Lee, Sitting Bull and Harriet Tubman
* words and ideas
* South wall. Independence Visitor Center. Northeast corner, 6th and Market.
* 39.950850,-75.150110 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece's Abigail Adams page's Susan B. Anthony page's Chief Joseph page's Thomas Jefferson page's Martin Luther King, Jr. page
+The Chinese Must Stay by Yan Phou Lee's Sitting Bull page's Harriet Tubman page
+Independence Visitor Center

Pay Attention
Bob Rivera, 2003
* big scientific equipment, symbols
* Behind a fence but visible from both Poplar and Franklin. A companion piece, Discovery not yet pictured here, is high on the North wall of the building along 8th Street.
* Southwest corner Franklin and Poplar (Franklin is one block East of 8th).
* 39.967515,-75.150000 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:
+artist's pictures of this piece
+Bob Rivera's

Veterans Memorial
* actual and sculpted flags, POW-MIA, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army insignia, partial people, standing person, guard tower, anchors, weapons, eagles, ship, globe, snake
* inscription:
Philadelphia City Council in 1970 chose Veteran's Stadium as the name for the city's new sports facility. Veteran's stadium opened April 10, 1971, was closed September 28, 2003 and imploded March 21, 2004.
To commemorate the site of Veteran's Stadium, the Phillies dedicate this monument as an everlasting memorial to veterans who have defended America's freedom since its inception in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776.
* North side of Pattison, East of Broad.
* 39.905400,-75.171900 [map]
* On the South Broad tour
* Exhibits: New, War

We the People
Ian Bader, Henry N. Cobb, 2003 (year of building)
* big preamble to the Constitution, sign
* inscription: We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for the United States of America. to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
* Wall. Constitution Center. West side of 5th, North of Arch.
* 39.953275,-75.148700 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also: page for the building
+Ian Bader
+Henry N. Cobb
+Constitution Center

Campbell Square Arch
Warren C. Holzman, 2004
* partial people, tools, church, ship, train, sun, plants, fish, arch, fleur de lis, sign
* Campbell Square. Northeast side of Allegheny at Livingston.
* 39.986025,-75.103875 [map]
* On the Port Richmond tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Campbell Square information

Lovett Memorial Reading Garden Benches
Warren C. Holzman, 2004
* abstract benches, words
* inscription: read, muse, grow
* In the garden of the Lovett Branch Library. East side of Germantown, South of Sedgwick.
* 40.056650,-75.187525 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+Lovett Branch Library

The Men Can Pledge
2004 (approximate)
* big pledge
* inscription:
As a man I know the realities of violence against women & children. I have taken a hard look at the facts. Millions of women & children are beaten, raped, sexually harassed & stalked every year. These women & children live in fear of what tomorrow might bring. Today I take a stand to stop the violence because I am the friend, family, & companion of those who have suffered. I have made a commitment to turn my private concern into public action. I promise to treat all women & children with dignity & respect. I will intervene when I see destructive behaviors that can dehumanize & humiliate others. I will defend those who cannot defend themselves by taking action. I will promote a new kind of society where decency & respect require no special day on the calendar, where boys are taught that violence does not equal strength & where men stand with courage, lead with conviction & speak with one voice that says "no more".
* Wall. Southeast corner, 20th and Berks.
* 39.982775,-75.166400 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Mosaic Project
Mike Smash, 2005
* idea, stars, sign
* Gate. East side of 10th, South of Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.977550,-75.151000 [map]

Port Richmond Firefighters Memorial
* Memorial to Richard F. Devine, William J. Robinson, Rey Rubio, John Taylor and Thomas Vaughan
* black polished etched stone in the shape of the Fire Department emblem, two people kneeling, one winged, one wearing a helmet
* inscription:
Philadelphia Fire Department
Engine Company #28
To honor our firefighters who have lost their lives while protecting and serving the great community of Port Richmond
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if ascending to my fate I am to lose my life
please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.
FF Thomas Vaughan
March 13, 1904
FF William J. Robinson
January 15, 1905
FF Richard F. Devine
July 29, 1999
Capt. John Taylor
August 20, 2004
FF Rey Rubio
August 20, 2004
Dedicated August 20, 2005
* In front of Engine Company 28. Southwest side of Ontario between Belgrade and Miller.
* 39.988925,-75.099950 [map]
* On the Port Richmond tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, Religious
* See also:
+article about the memorial
+article about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+archive of articles about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+brief bio of Richard Devine
+unofficial history of Engine Company 28

Butterfly Fence
* big butterflies, misquoted poetry
* Echoes the butterflies from the adjoining Alex's Lemonade Stand Mural shown in the last picture. The actual inscription on the fence is a misquote of a poem attributed elsewhere to Marjorie Wright Miller, with "Grabs" instead of "Garbs" and an extraneous apostrophe in "its".
* inscription: (along Lancaster Ave.)
The smallest flower that breathes but a day Distills its fragrance into sweet perfume Garbs itself with grace in bright array. Exquisite, brief intensity in bloom. Whether the notes of life are short or long, From end to end what matters is the song.
* Fence. Parrish and Lancaster.
* 39.968040,-75.210450 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Dewey's World
Paul Santoleri, Jennie Shanker, 2006
* big abstract idea, books, hands, machines and tools, plants
* Created with the Mural Arts Program and students from the James R. Ludlow School.
* Walls. Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library Branch. Southwest corner 6th and Girard.
* 39.970200,-75.146675 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:
+blog entry about this piece from
+interview with Jennie Shanker from
+Jennie Shanker faculty page
+Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library Branch

Main Quad Fountain
Hargreaves Associates, 2006
* abstract fountain, University seal
* This fountain only existed for about 7 years before it was removed to accommodate the entrance to a new building. The Drexel University seal was inscribed into the base of the fountain in very shallow relief. Each of the water jets was individually programmable and individually lit at night. On the day the pictures were taken the triangle was divided into four smaller triangles which spouted in succession.
* inscription: Drexel University, 1891, Science, Industry, Art
* Quad. Drexel University.
* 39.954775,-75.188375 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+Hargreaves Associates
+Drexel University

Mt. Airy Learning Tree Mosaic
Jessica Gorlin-Liddell, 2006
* tree, names and words
* inscription: Everything you need to know you can learn under this tree
* North wall. Lovett Branch Library. Southeast corner, Germantown and Sedgwick.
* 40.056950,-75.187850 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+Mt. Airy Learning Tree history page with explanation of this piece
+Tessera Studio and Gallery
+Lovett Branch Library

Gulf Refinery Fire Memorial
* Plaques in memory of John Andrews, Carrol Brenek, Ralph Campana, Robert J. Fisher, Hugh McIntyre, Roger Parker, James Pouliot and Joseph R. Wiley
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
The plaques below memorialize those firefighters who lost their lives at the Gulf Refinery Fire on August 17, 1975
* Sidewalk on the West side of Fireman's Hall Museum. East side of 2nd, North of Quarry.
* 39.953290,-75.142910 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, New
* See also:'s 1975 Philadelphia Refinery Fire page

Suzanne Roberts Theatre Sign
Zahner, 2007
* Named for Suzanne Roberts
* big logo sign
* Entrance. Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Northwest Corner, Broad and Lombard.
* 39.944850,-75.165450 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:'s Zahner page's Suzanne Roberts Theatre page

A Part / Apart
James Fuhrman, 2008
* abstract representation of an idea
* The inscription is on the bands between the panels, which had not yet been installed when the first picture was taken
* inscription:
A Part and Apart
One Person, One House, One Block
One City
So Many People
So Much To Learn
So Much To Unlearn
6,000 Million
Connected / Separate
* West side of 7th, South of Delancey.
* 39.944660,-75.153490 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:

Jill Sablosky, 2009
* abstract furniture forms, steles, ideas
* Northwest corner, 7th and Appletree.
* 39.953550,-75.151600 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:'s Jill Sablosky page

Benjamin Franklin's Way
* Quotes from Benjamin Franklin
* ideas
* inscription:
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of cure. - 1735
Diligence is the Mother of Good-Luck. -1736
Well done is better than well said. - 1737
A true Friend is the best Possession - 1744
There are no Gains without Pains. - 1745
He's a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom - 1745
Doors of wisdom are never shut. - 1755
Half the Truth is often a great Lie. - 1758
* 37th between Walnut and Locust.
* 39.952800,-75.196975 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also: article about this piece
+The Electric Franklin

Memorial to Enslaved People of African Descent in the United States of America
* Quotes from Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frances Ellen Watkin Harper and Barack Obama
* enclosed space, ideas
* This piece features an extensive amount of text, including African sayings, symbols, and a list of African countries. Reproduced here as inscriptions are the text of the plaque, and the quotes from named individuals. This memorial does not seem to have an official name. The name used is shortened from the text of the plaque. The plaque simply labels it "Memorial." The National Park Service web site calls it "a memorial to enslaved Africans." Avenging the Ancestors calls it the "Slavery Memorial." The last picture, of the wall with the names of the enslaved people who lived in the President's House, is part of the President's House exhibit and not the Memorial.
* inscription:
"Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States." -W.E.B. Du Bois
"I ask no monument proud and high to arrest the gaze of the passers-by, all that my yearning spirit craves, is bury me not in a land of slaves." -Frances Ellen Watkin Harper
"You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru, bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare praying for a dream." -Maya Angelou
"We gave sought to bind the chains of slavery on the limbs of the black man, without thinking that at last we should find the other end of that hateful chain about our own necks." -Frederick Douglass
"It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom... yes we can, yes we can." -Barack Obama
This enclosed space is dedicated to millions of men, women, and children of African descent who lived, worked, and died as enslaved people in the United States of America. They should never again be forgotten. One of two smokehouse rooms in which three enslaved men slept - Giles, Paris, and Austin - once stood in this area. The close proximity to the Liberty Bell Center reminds us that Liberty was not originally intended for all.
It is difficult to understand how men who spoke so passionately of liberty and freedom were unable to see the contradiction, the injustice, and the immorality of their actions. Enslaved Africans and their descendants endured brutality and mistreatment for over 200 years even as their labor build and enriched the nation. The struggle for freedom and political, social, and economic equality continued even after the legal standing of slavery. The devestating effects of slavery continue to affect race relations to this day. Yet, we must continue to strive for the ideals embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
The African symbols, words, and quotations on the exterior and interior walls speak to the spirit of hope, the resiliance of the human spirit, and the determination of a people to arise out of bondage to freedom.
City of Philadelphia | National Park Service
* Southeast corner, 6th and Market.
* 39.950300,-75.150050 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* Exhibits: African American
* See also:
+National Park Service page for this piece
+Avenging the Ancestors page for this piece's Maya Angelou page's Frederick Douglass page's W.E.B. Du Bois page's Frances Ellen Watkin Harper page's Barack Obama page

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy
Gregory Pototsky, 2011
* References to, statue of, in memory of: Thomas Jefferson, Uriah Phillips Levy and James A. Zimble
* small standing person, sword, paper, Star of David and U.S. Navy logo
* inscription:
April 22, 1792 - March 22, 1862

Nissan 30, 5552 - Adar II 20, 5622
"I am an American, a sailor, and a Jew."
Born in Philadelphia in 1792, Uriah Phillips Levy was a fifth generation American. According to family stories, he left for sea at ten years old, returning to celebrate his bar mitzvah here at Congregation Mikveh Israel in 1805. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812, and became the first Jewish U.S. Navy Commodore, a rank equivalent to Admiral today.
During his fifty-year naval career, Levy was court martialed six times and killed a man in a duel - all incidents related to rampant anti-Semitism. He was dismissed twice from the U.S. Navy, but was reinstated by Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler. He went on to command the Mediterranean Fleet and was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the Navy Court Martial Board during the Civil War. Levy played a key role in helping to repeal the flogging of sailors, making the U.S. Navy the first military organization in the world to abolish physical punishment.
Levy greatly admired President Thomas Jefferson and the Bill of Rights he crafted, which safeguarded religious liberties for all Americans. In 1832, he commissioned a statue of Jefferson, which sits in the U.S. Capitol today. In 1834, Levy purchased Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he repaired, restored, and preserved for future generations.
The World War II destroyer escort USS Levy (DE-162) was named in his honor, as were the Uriah P. Levy Jewish Chapel at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, and the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Levy is buried at the Beth Olom Cemetery in Queens, New York.
Given with love of God and Country
in memory of Vice Admiral James A. Zimble, MC USN Ret. (1933-2011)
Beloved 30th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy
Dedicated December 16, 2011, Kislev 20, 5772
Rabbi Aaron Landes, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret.
Captain Gary "Yuri" Tabach, USN Ret.
Joshua H. Landes
* West side of Mikveh Israel. East side of 5th, North of Market.
* 39.951325,-75.148400 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:'s Thomas Jefferson page's Uriah P. Levy page's James A, Zimble page
+Mikveh Israel

Finding Home
Kathryn Pannepacker, Joshua Sarantitis, 2011
* big idea, hands and partial standing people, loom, headgear
* inscription: in visible dignity
* Wall. North side of Ludlow across from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951450,-75.161275 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+ article about this piece
+St. John's

Race Street Connector
James Corner Field Operations, 2011
* big idea sign, measurements of water
* "CITY" is on the East side, pointing West and "RIVER" is on the West side, pointing East.
* inscription:
This dramatic light screen, made of expanded metal with bold signage and color-shifting night lighting, unifies the corridor underneath the expressways and draws people to the waterfront. The smaller characters graphically register the historic flooding events of the Delaware River by month, year and peak height as recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Race Street Pier (Pier 11). The resulting timeline visually reinforces the dynamic conntection between the city and the river.
* Under the 1-95 overpass. South side of Race, East of 2nd.
* 39.953670,-75.140950 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:

St. John's Fire Memorial
* In memory of William Chance, Hugh Duffy, James Shea and George Steinle
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
Hoseman George Steinle
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman William Chance
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman Hugh Duffy
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman James Shea
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on March 2, 1899
* On the sidewalk in front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951375,-75.161500 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters
* See also:
+St. John's

Zoo Sign
Gecko Group, 2013
* sign, logo, cat
* Northeast corner of the Zoo. West side of 34th, South of Girard.
* 39.974975,-75.195250 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* See also:
+Philadelphia Zoo

October 4, 1922 Fire Memorial Plaque
2014 (approximate)
* Memorial to Albert Fischer, Thomas Gilloway, Patrick A. Murray and Edward Paxson
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
Ladderman Thomas Gilloway Truck 2
Ladderman Edward Paxson Truck 2
Hoseman Patrick A. Murray Engine 21
Hoseman Albert Fischer Engine 21
Who died in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Philadelphia on October 4, 1922
Dedicated by their family and friends
* Wall. North side of Arch, East of 4th..
* 39.952420,-75.146375 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, New