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Architecture: Entrances

Chimeras
* small chimeras, flame
* Over the entrance. 1921 Chestnut (North side of Chestnut between 19th and 20th).
* 39.951990,-75.172694 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Gargoyles
* small crouching person, bat-like creature
* Entrance. North side of South between Front and 2nd.
* 39.941075,-75.144475 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified




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




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




Our Lady of Grace
George M. Kelly
* Statue of Mary
* standing person, halo, head covering
* Accessible when the school is open. Clearly visible when the gate is closed.
* inscription: by George M. Kelly S.C. / Class of 1970
* South entrance. Roman Catholic High School. North side of Vine, East of Broad.
* 39.958110,-75.161770 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Mary, mother of Jesus page
+romancatholichs.com




Pony Express
* horse, sitting person, hat, plants
* Entrance. 9th Street Post Office. West side of 9th, South of Market.
* 39.950950,-75.155300 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Pony Express Rider
* small seated person, hat, horse, plants, mesas
* Over the door. North side of Chestnut,West of 9th.
* 39.949975,-75.156110 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Rose Gate
* plants
* Entrance. East side of 2nd, just North of Pine.
* 39.943375,-75.145050 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




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:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building




The Running of the Salmon
Robert Phillips
* fish
* Was on the Southwest corner, 15th and Walnut
* Over the door.
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+phillipsmetal.com




Tioga El Station
* eagle
* Entrance. Northeast corner Harrowgate Park. Kensington and Tioga.
* 40.000140,-75.106450 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+Harrowgate Park




University City High School Entrance
* abstract designs, horse, boat, seated person, dog
* Was on the West side of 36th, North of Filbert. The High School was torn down in 2015
* Entrance art.
* 39.957475,-75.194300 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing, Unidentified




St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
1830
* Statues of Saint John, Saint Luke, Saint Mark and Saint Matthew
* small standing people, books and scrolls
* The four evangelists are displayed here top to bottom (left to right facing the church) in canonical (reverse alphabetical) order.
* Entrance pillars. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951225,-75.161435 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+St. John's




Tiffany Atlas Clock
Henry Frederick Metzler, 1853 (date of NYC original)
* statue of Atlas
* standing person, clock (sign)
* Above the entrance. Tiffany and Co.. South side of Walnut between Broad and 15th.
* 39.949385,-75.165200 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+tiffany.com history page
+daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com with particulars of the history of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Atlas page




Lion and Sheep Heads
William Struthers, 1855
* lion heads, sheep heads
* Struthers is listed as the mason for the building
* Entrance. 425-429 Chestnut.
* 39.949000,-75.148575 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




Holy Trinity Episcopal Chuch
1859 (original building date)
* dogs
* Side entrance. Holy Trinity Episcopal Chuch. South side of Walnut between 19th and 20th.
* 39.950400,-75.173325 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




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: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building
+Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building
+First Presbyterian Church




1822 Chestnut
1870 (approximate year of building)
* plants, fruit and nuts, birds, crouching person, artist tools
* Entrance. South side of Chestnut, East of 19th.
* 39.951700,-75.171350 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry




Stotesbury Mansion
Wilson Eyre, 1870
* small lions, ram's head, abstract ironwork
* Entrance. Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. North side of Walnut, East of 20th.
* 39.950580,-75.173500 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+thephilo.org's history of their building
+wikipedia.org's Wilson Eyre page
+thephilo.org




Lions
1875
* Jesus
* small lion heads
* Entrance. Metropolitan Baptist Church. Southwest corner, 35th and Baring.
* 39.961075,-75.192945 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: New, Religious
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+mbcphila.com




The Gates of Hell
Auguste Rodin, 1880 - 1917
* groups of people, partial, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, and horizontal, furniture, rocks
* Entrance. Rodin Museum. North side of the Parkway between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.961850,-75.174050 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+bronze-gallery.com's Auguste Rodin page
+Rodin Museum




Saint James
1887 (year of building)
* Statue of Saint James
* standing person, staff
* Carved for the building in Italy. Behind mesh that isn't visible from the street but partially obscures the picture.
* Niche above the entrance arch. St. Agatha - St. James Church. Southeast corner, 38th and Chestnut.
* 39.955000,-75.198250 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Saint James page
+St. Agatha - St. James Church




Quaker City National Bank Entrance
1888 - 1892
* heads, headgear
* This appears to be only 1/3 of the original building.
* Entrance. North side of Chestnut between 7th and 8th.
* 39.949570,-75.153120 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




Bedell Residence Entrance
Wilson Eyre, 1889 - 1890
* small sitting people, furniture
* Entrance. Southeast Corner, 22nd and Chestnut.
* 39.952310,-75.176975 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+wikipedia.org's Wilson Eyre page




Episcopal Cathedral Entrance
1889
* Relief featuring Jesus
* small kneeling, sitting, horizontal, standing people, headgear
* Entrance. Episcopal Cathedral. East side of 38th, North of Chestnut.
* 39.955717,-75.198085 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building
+philadelphiacathedral.org




Drexel University Main Building Entrance
1890 - 1891
* Busts of Aesculapius, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christopher Columbus, Michael Faraday, Galileo, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Thomas Jefferson, Michelangelo, Moses, Isaac Newton, Raphael, William Shakespeare and William of Sens
* small heads, standing angel
* These busts in niches go all the way around the inside of the arch, including two that are looking straight down. Moses and Aesculapius are on either side of the angel on the front.
* Entrance. Main Building, Drexel University. North side of Chestnut, just East of the 32nd Street walkway.
* 39.953850,-75.187000 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphia buildings.org's page for the building
+wikipedia.org's Aesculapius page
+wikipedia.org's Johann Sebastian Bach page
+wikipedia.org's Christopher Columbus page
+ideafinder.com's Michael Faraday page
+The Galileo Project @ Rice University
+wikipedia.org's Goethe page
+wikipedia.org's Alexander von Humboldt page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Jefferson page
+wikipedia.org's Michelangelo page
+wikipedia.org's Isaac Newton page
+wikipedia.org's Raphael page
+wikipedia.org's William Shakespeare page
+biography of William of Sens
+Drexel University




Old Zion Entrance
1892
* flowers
* North entrance. Old Zion Lutheran Church. North side of Mt. Vernon, West of Broad.
* 39.964590,-75.161410 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+philadelphia buildings.org entry for the building
+oldzionlutheran.org




Outstretched Cherub
Frank Miles Day, 1892
* small standing person, plants
* Above the entrance. North side of Locust, West of 12th.
* 39.947850,-75.161275 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+upenn.edu archives Frank Miles Day entry




Drexel Mansion Windows
1893 (original date of building)
* small fruit, cornucopias, plants, birds
* Both sides of the entrance. Curtis Institute. South side of Locust, East of 18th.
* 39.948900,-75.170635 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+Curtis Institute
+philadelphiabuilding.org's listing for the building




Wistar Institute Entrance
1894
* reclining people, book and quill, owl, standing person, plants
* Entrance. Wistar Institute. West side of 36th between Spruce and Locust.
* 39.951200,-75.195425 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+Wistar Institute




Aldine Hotel Entrance
1895
* small standing person, hat, luggage, plants, shield
* Entrance. 1920 Chestnut (South side of Chestnut, East of 20th).
* 39.951890,-75.172820 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+blog post about the Aldine




First Baptist
Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1899
* dove, olive branch, hand
* Over the door. First Baptist. Southeast corner 17th and Sansom.
* 39.950540,-75.168875 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for Edgar Viguers Seeler
+First Baptist Church of Philadelphia




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:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Stirling Calder page
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology




University Museum Upper Entrance
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1899 (year of building)
* standing people, sign, kneeling people
* inscription: Free Museum of Science and Art
* Upper (West) courtyard entrance. Penn Museum. South side of South Street, East of 33rd.
* 39.949630,-75.191660 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Stirling Calder page
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology




Wanamaker House
1900 (approximate date of building)
* small lions, plants, faces, shield
* Entrance. United Lodge of Theosophists. North side of Walnut, East of 20th.
* 39.950550,-75.173225 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building
+ultphiladelphia.org




Mother Bethel Plaque
1901
* Bas-relief bust of Richard Allen
* small head
* inscription:
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Founded on this site 1787 by Richard Allen (a former slave)
This ground purchased by Richard Allen for a church is the oldest parcel of real estate owned continuously by negroes in the United States. This congregation is the world's oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church congreation. The first church (1787) was an abandoned blacksmith shop, hauled to this place by the teams of Richard Allen who was elected a Bishop in 1810.
"We all went out of the church (Old St. George's Methodist Church) in a body" and "they were no more plagued with us in their church."
-Richard Allen
May our God continue to bless Mother Bethel and all her children now scattered throughout the world bringing faith and hope to millions of weary souls.
Ring the bells of freedom throughout the world
"Rise, shine, give God the glory for the year of jubilee."
October 1901 [could be 1961]
* Near the entrance. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. East side of 6th, North of Lombard.
* 39.943375,-75.151935 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* Exhibits: Religious, African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Richard Allen page
+Mother Bethel AME Church




Towne Building Face
1906 (year of building)
* small face
* Entrance. West side of 33rd between Smith Walk and Walnut.
* 39.951550,-75.190450 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: New, Gargoyles
* See also:
+upenn.edu page for the building




Farm Journal Building
1912
* cornucopia, food
* Entrance. West side of 7th, South of Locust.
* 39.946375,-75.153550 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




Horned Face
1914
* small head
* Entrance. North side of Locust Walk just East of 36th.
* 39.952025,-75.194660 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour




Moose Head
1914 (building converted to Moose lodge)
* moose head
* Above the entrance. Blue Horizon. West side of Broad, South of Master.
* 39.973800,-75.159175 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Blue Horizon page
+The Legendary Blue Horizon




The Rob Morris Entrance
1914
* small heads, plants
* Entrance. North side of Arch Street, just West of 17th.
* 39.955125,-75.168200 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




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:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org




William Penn
Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1914
* Relief portrait of William Penn
* Above the entrance. Penn Mutual Building. South side of Walnut, East of 6th.
* 39.947595,-75.150870 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for Edgar Viguers Seeler
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page




Saint Mark's Entrance
Samuel Yellin, 1923
* Statue of Jesus
* people standing
* inscription: Come unto me all that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
* Entrance. Saint Mark's Church. North side of Locust between 16th and 17th.
* 39.948775,-75.168500 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for this building.
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers
+Saint Mark's Church




Conwell Hall Gargoyles
1924 (building date)
* small seated people wearing hats
* Both sides of the door. East side of Broad, North of Montgomery.
* 39.980350,-75.157285 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's history page with Conwell Hall information




Packard Building Sign
Samuel Yellin, 1924 (year on sign)
* small standing, kneeling people, tools, scroll, staff, oar, plants, lamps, eagle, lion's head, seashell, urns, griffins, sign
* Yellin is not listed anywhere as the artist for the sign, but he is listed as the metal worker for the building
* West Entrance. Packard Building. East side of 15th, South of Chestnut.
* 39.950650,-75.165650 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers
+philadelphiabuildings.org's Packard Building entry




Public Ledger Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1924
* reclining people, head scarf, scepter, burning oil lamp, quills, scrolls, books and tablets
* Entrances. Southwest corner, 6th and Chestnut.
* 39.949200,-75.150850 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuilding.org's page for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org




Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
1924 (approximate)
* Includes a representation of Saint George
* coat of arms, lions, unicorn, helmet and crown, harp, seated person, lance, horse, dragon
* Best viewed from the North side of Walnut. The other emblems probably represent places where General Accident operated.
* inscription:
Honi soit qui mal y pense
Dieu et mon droit
* Entrance. South side of Walnut, West of 4th.
* 39.947320,-75.148480 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+wikipedia.org's entry for the coat of arms
+newadvent.org's St. George page




Firefighter Gargoyles
1925 (from cornerstone)
* small crouching people wearing hats and helmets, firefighting equipment
* Was on the Southwest corner, Juniper and Race. Removed from the building 2008 prior to demolition for Convention Center expansion.
* Entrance.
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, Missing, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece
+Gargoyle Hunter page for this piece




Fisher-Bennett Gargoyles
1925 (year of building)
* small sitting people, books, eyeglasses
* Entrance. South side of Walnut between 33rd and 34th.
* 39.952585,-75.191295 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: New, Gargoyles
* See also:
+upenn.edu page for the building




Athena and Cherubs
1927
* relief bust of Athena
* small cherubs, head, helmet
* Way over the entrance. East side of 15th, South of Locust.
* 39.948200,-75.166160 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Athena page




Bonwit Teller Building
Bella Abdallah, 1927
* small urns, cats, birds, standing people, seated cherubs, pens and books, mirrors, face, Egyptian headpiece, flame
* Entrance. Southwest corner, 17th and Chestnut.
* 39.951430,-75.169000 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building




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:
+philadelphiabuildings.org Nicola D'Ascenzo page
+Congregation Rodeph Shalom




Art Museum Cherub
1928
* small upright winged person
* Over the back door. Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.966075,-75.181700 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:
+Philadelphia Museum of Art




Art Museum Student Entrance Face
1928
* face, crown
* Above the student entrance. Art Museum. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive at the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965150,-75.182050 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+Philadelphia Museum of Art




Carnell Hall
1928
* small heads
* Both sides of the door. East side of Broad, North of Montgomery.
* 39.980425,-75.157075 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's Carnell Hall page




Navy Ships
1928 (completion of building)
* small ships, anchor, eagle
* The building was originally the Navy Central YMCA Annex. Around the entrance are subtle relief carvings of Navy ships including the Hornet, the Constitution, the Enterprise, the Bon Homme Richard, the Kearsarge, and the Olympia.
* Entrance. East side of 15th, North of Arch.
* 39.955150,-75.164675 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building




Rodin Museum Gateway
1929 (year of building)
* seated and reclining people (cherubs, unfinished headless person), head scarf, scales and other tools, plants, musical instrument
* inscription: This architectural fragment is a reproduction of parts of the old Chateau Dissy re-erected by Auguste Rodin at Meudon, France near the studio where most of his work was done.
This replica of the Rodin Memorial at Meudon was chosen by Jules E. Mastbaum for the gateway to the Museum.
* Entrance. Rodin Museum. North side of the Parkway between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.961600,-75.174400 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+Rodin Museum




Suburban Station Clock
1930
* clock, sign
* Best observed from the East side of 16th
* 16th Street entrance. Suburban Station. West side of 16th, North of JFK.
* 39.954150,-75.166750 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:
+artistic views of the clock at tracyelizabethsmith.com
+wikipedia.org's Suburban Station page




Curtis Hall, Thomas Jefferson University
Horace Trumbauer, 1931
* standing people, reclining people, medical instruments, headgear, plants, lions, birds, griffins, 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, New
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org
+Thomas Jefferson University




Spring Garden School Art Deco
Irwin T. Catharine, 1931
* abstract art deco
* Entrance. Spring Garden School. South side of Melon between 11th and 12th.
* 39.965100,-75.155850 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Irwin T. Catharine page
+Spring Garden School




Eagle
1933
* abstract eagle
* Over the entrance. 30th Street Post Office. Southwest corner, 29th and Market.
* 39.954310,-75.181950 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour




Penn Mutual Building Doors
1934
* small groups of people standing, sitting, machines and tools, furniture, baskets and jugs, books and scrolls, dogs, flowers, weapons, helmet, head in profile
* Entrance. Penn Mutual Building. South side of Walnut between 5th and 6th.
* 39.947525,-75.150250 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour




General George G. Meade Public School
Irwin T. Catharine, 1936
* School named for George Gordon Meade
* partial standing people, lamps
* East entrance. Gen. George G. Meade School. West side of 18th, North of Oxford.
* 39.978350,-75.164650 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org Irwin T. Catharine page
+wikipedia.org's George Meade page
+wikipedia.org George Meade School page




The Alchemist
Donald De Lue, 1940
* seated person, furniture, headgear, alchemy equipment
* Above the entrance. Chemistry Laboratories Cret Wing. North side of Spruce, West of 33rd.
* 39.950510,-75.192050 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+sculptor.org's Donald De Lue page
+wikipedia.org's Donald De Lue page




The Presbyterian Ministers Fund for Life Insurance
1951 (possible date of building extension)
* small standing people, hats, baskets
* inscription: He that soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully
* Above the West entrance. Barnes and Noble. North side of Walnut, West of 18th.
* 39.950310,-75.171110 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+barnesandnoble.com store locator




Three Bar Russian Cross
1957
* 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




Powel Elementary School Mosaics
1961 (year of building)
* abstract mosaics
* Entrance. Samuel Powel Elementary School. Northeast Corner, 36th and Powelton.
* 39.960075,-75.193650 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* See also:
+Samuel Powel Elementary School




Horses Drawing Fire Engine
John Godfrey, 1964
* small horses, fire engine
* Entrance. Fire station, South side of Market between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.953700,-75.175525 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square 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




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:
+wikipedia.org's Pope John Paul II page
+Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral




Dancing Children
Henry Mitchell, 1968
* small people dancing, sitting, hats, bench, baby carriage, knitting needles, dog
* Above the entrance. Cobbs Creek Recreation Center. West side of 63rd at Locust.
* 39.957965,-75.248125 [map]
* See also:
+henrywmitchell.com




St. Mary's School Doors
1970
* Partial representations of John Adams, John Carroll, Katherine Drexel, Michael Francis Egan, Robert Harding and George Washington
* small partial people, hats, staff, ship, weapons, crosses
* Visible through the gate. Designed to echo the stained glass doors. The reference to Katherine Drexel is from the school's website.
* North entrance. St. Mary Interparochial School. South side of Locust, East of 5th.
* 39.946080,-75.149510 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* Exhibits: New, Religious, War
* See also:
+saintmary.us page about the stained glass
+wikipedia.org's John Adams page
+wikipedia.org's John Carroll page
+wikipedia.org's Katherine Drexel page
+wikipedia.org's Michael Francis Egan page
+wikipedia.org's George Washington page
+saintmarys.us




Philadelphia Municipal Water System Plaque
1975
* small building and fence, depiction of a fountain, trees, person standing, people sitting, hats, horse, cart
* inscription:
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
1801-1815
Philadelphia Municipal Water System
Here at Centre Square stood
Philadelphia's First Water Works
The first public water system in America
to use steam for large scale pumping
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1975
* West side, tower South entrance. City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.952550,-75.163600 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




The Seed
Christopher T. Ray, 1976
* big seed
* inscription:
Source: Deuteronomy 8:7-8:11
"...for the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land..."
The Seed symbolizes the generation of creative life in America, the Good Land which has made us welcome. In its roots exist the reminder of our origins and traditions. In the leaves are the elements of continuing growth. From the pod and its emerging flowr comes the promise of the future.
* Entrance. Mikveh Israel. East Side of 5th Street, North of Market, along the walkway between 4th and 5th..
* 39.951175,-75.147550 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+chrisray.com
+Mikveh Israel




Amity
David Lee Brown, 1977
* abstract form
* Entrance. Gallery at Market East. Northeast corner of 10th and Market.
* 39.951650,-75.156650 [map]
* On the Convention District tour




Tree of Life
Gerd Utescher, 1977
* abstract tree
* Entrance. West side of 8th Street, South of Race.
* 39.954700,-75.153040 [map]
* On the Convention District tour




National Shrine of Saint John Neumann Entrance Plaques
1979 (best guess based on 1979 commemoration)
* bas-relief busts of Pope John Paul II and John Nepomucene Neumann
* small heads
* inscription:
left:
St. John N. Neumann
C. SS. R.
Fourth Bisop of Philadelphia
1852-1860
right:
Remberance of
the visit of
Pope John Paul II
to the National Shrine
of St. John Neumann
October 4, 1979
* Either side of the entrance. National Shrine of Saint John Neumann. Southest corner 5th and Girard.
* 39.97000,-75.144850 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Pope John Paul II page
+wikipedia.org's John Nepomucene Neumann page
+The National Shrine of Saint John Neumann




Bird
Joseph J. Greenberg, Jr., 1980 (date of building)
* big bird
* Entrance. Sheraton Center City. Between 16th and 17th on the North side of the hotel, which is on the Northeast corner of 17th and Race.
* 39.957700,-75.166900 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* See also:
+Sheraton Center City (emporis.com entry)




Woman Looking Through a Window
George Segal, 1980
* small standing person, window
* Building entrance overhang. South side of Chestnut between 6th and 7th.
* 39.949400,-75.151575 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of this piece
+segalfoundation.org
+wikipedia.org's George Segal page




Gate
Greg Leavitt, Lydia Leavitt, 1982
* plant forms
* This is listed elsewhere simply as "Gate," though it doesn't appear to currently function as one.
* Either side of the entrance. Marian Anderson Recreation Center. West side of 17th, South of Fitzwater.
* 39.941825,-75.171050 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* See also:
+gregleavitt.com
+Marian Anderson Recreation Center




Stack of Checkers
Charles Fahlen, 1983
* big checkers
* Building entrance overhang. Senior citizen center, West side of Passyunk North of Dickinson.
* 39.931300,-75.162250 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Charles Fahlen page




Allow Me
J. Seward Johnson, Jr., 1984 (approximate)
* small standing person, umbrella
* Originally at the Northeast corner of 17th and Locust. Moved to the South side of Chestnut between Broad and 15th. Missing as of 12/19/2016. The first picture is from the original location.
* Entrance. Prince Music Theater.
* 39.950880,-75.164800 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing, Moved
* See also:
+sewardjohnson.com




Light Fixtures
Gerald Allen, Kent Bloomer, 1984
* abstract flower-like light fixtures
* Entrance. South side of Locust, West of 7th.
* 39.946785,-75.153700 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+bloomerstudio.com




Lamps
Joel Schwartz, 1986
* abstract light fixtures
* Entrance. Southwest corner 11th and Spruce.
* 39.946250,-75.159600 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+schwartzforge.com




Refractive Light Spine
James Carpenter, 1988 - 1989
* big collection of triangles
* Over the entrance. Southwest corner, 36th and Market.
* 39.956050,-75.194800 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+James Carpenter Design Associates, Inc.




Video Arbor
Nam June Paik, 1990
* real plants, abstract video and images
* Entrance. East side of Franklin Town Blvd. between Wood and Callowhill (one block North of 17th and Vine).
* 39.959925,-75.167640 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour
* See also:
+paikstudios.com
+wikipedia.org's Nam June Paik page




Hard Rock Cafe Guitar
1998
* big guitar sign
* Above the entrance. Hard Rock Cafe. Northeast corner, 12th and Market.
* 39.952075,-75.159750 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+hardrock.com/cafes/philadelphia




Powelton Village Playground Entrance
2000
* abstract arch, live plants
* Entrance. Powelton Village Playground. Northeast corner, 35th and Powelton.
* 39.960150,-75.192325 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Eight Figures
Arlene Love, 2001 (approximate installation; 1980, approximate completion)
* standing people
* Visible from the North side of Spruce. If the building is open you may be able to see them up close.
* Over the Spruce Street entrance. Kimmel Center. South side of Spruce, West of Broad.
* 39.947000,-75.165525 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+arlenelove.com
+Kimmel Center




Duckrey School Mosaics
Barbara Gesshel, 2005 (restored)
* School named for, and quote from Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey
* partial, standing, sitting people, boats, cow, birds, snakes, lizards, plants, fish, butterfly, sun, building
* inscription:
First: "Once upon a time"
Second: "...love and brotherhood are the strongest forces on Earth" -Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey
* South Entrances. Tanner Duckrey School. North side of Diamond, East of 16th.
* 39.985250,-75.159200 [map]
* On the Temple Southwest tour
* See also:
+gesshel.com




The Class of 1956 Trolley
Gomaco Trolley Company, 2006
* big trolley
* inscription:
The Class of 1956 Trolley is a replica of Peter Witt trolleys that carried generations of commuting students to Penn from all parts of the region and also provided convenient access from campus to cultural and other attractions in Center City, Philadelphia.
With noisy steel wheels and clanging bells, these trolleys created a constant interruption to campus life and were an unforgettable part of the Penn experience. Operated by The Philadelphia Transportation Company (a precursor to SEPTA), Routes 11, 34, and 37 ran through the Penn campus on Woodland Avenue and Locust Street for nearly 65 years. In 1956 they were relocated underground, enabling the University to begin conversion of the campus to a unified and attractive landscape environment. Woodland Avenue and Locust Street became the first pedestrian walkways through the campus.
The Class of 1956 Trolley was fabricated by the Gomaco Trolley Company in October, 2006. The original Peter Witt Trolleys were manufactured by J.G. Brill from 1923-26.
* Entrance. 37th Street Green Line Station. North side of Spruce, East of 37th.
* 39.951125,-75.196900 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+gomacotrolley.com
+wikipedia.org's 37th Street Station 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
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Zahner page
+wikipedia.org's Suzanne Roberts Theatre page




Wave Forms
Dennis Oppenheim, 2007
* big bells, arch
* Housing complex entrance. Northwest corner, 34th and Chestnut.
* 39.954600,-75.192200 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+dennis-oppenheim.com




Doorway to Imagination
Emilie Ledieu, 2010
* plants, abstract face
* East Entrance. Laura W. Waring School. West side of 18th, North of Green.
* 39.964775,-75.167550 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* See also:
+emilieledieu.com
+Laura W. Waring School




Shells
2010 (installed)
* small shells
* Either side of the East entrance. Academy of Natural Sciences. West side of 19th between Cherry and the Parkway.
* 39.956600,-75.170950 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:
+Academy of Natural Sciences




Pennsylvania Convention Center Lights
The Lighting Practice, 2011
* big abstract lights
* Only visible after dark. The color and pattern are programmable
* Main entrance. Convention Center. East side of Broad between Arch and Race.
* 39.955325,-75.162740 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+thelightingpractice.com
+Pennsylvania Convention Center




Commerce Square Pylons
Stantec ViBE, 2012
* big abstract light-emitting pylon signs
* Entrance. Commerce Square. South side of Market between 20th and 21st.
* 39.953825,-75.174150 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+stantec.com visioning-brands-experience page
+emporis.com's Commerce Square page




3601 Market Awning
2015
* abstract light display
* Awning. North side of Market, West of 36th.
* 39.956350,-75.194700 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: New