The Free Library of
Philadelphia's Main Branch has an extensive text listing from the Fairmount
Park Art Association of sculptures and murals
indexed by artist and title. There is only one copy, and it cannot leave
Public Art in Philadelphia
by Penny Balkin Bach, Temple
University Press, 1992, discusses
207 murals and sculptures. The book is illustrated
with small black and white photos and is written as a history
of the concept of public art.
The Association for Public Art (formerly FPAA)
includes an online and updated version of
Public Art in Philadelphia, a guide to the many agencies that
deal with public art in Philadelphia, and several other very useful
Black and White Photos, structural details and extensive
histories of most of the pieces from City Hall along the Parkway,
to the Art Museum and behind the museum
can be found in the book
Philadelphia's Outdoor Art, A Walking Tour
by Roslyn F. Brenner. The first edition ( Camino Books, 1987)
was used as a reference for this site. Several editions have been published since.
phillyhistory.org is a mapping website that allows users to search for,
view by location, and purchase thousands of historic photographs dating back to the late nineteenth century. Individual pictures
linked from this site were found through location searches as well as searches for keywords such as "statue," "fountain," "memorial,"
and "monument." This site is recommended for its photographic value, and not as a primary source
for titles or artists of the pieces pictured.
Philadelphia Then and Now
by Kenneth Finkel and
Susan Oyama, Dover, 1988, has two large black and white pictures each of 60
Philadelphia sites, and includes pictures of
Sagg Main Street, Welcome Park and
phila.gov has all kinds of interesting information, including articles about the parks.
ushistory.org, maintained by
the Independence Hall Association, includes extensive references to
many of the sites and historical individuals referenced here.
Philadelphia : A 300-Year History,
edited by Russell F. Weigley, Norton, 1982, will tell you more than you
ever wanted to know about this incredible city.
In the midst of the tours, if you should happen to wonder where the
street names came from, you may well find the answer in
Mermaids, Monasteries, Cherokees and Custer: The Stories Behind Philadelphia Street Names, by Robert I Alotta