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Architecture: Interiors

Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler
* Bas-relief bust of Smedley D. Butler
* small head and upper torso
* inscription:
United States Marine Corps
Director of
Public Safety
Philadelphia
January 7, 1924
December 23, 1925
He enforced the law impartially
He defended it courageously
He proved incorruptible
* Interior. North Pavilion of City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.952950,-75.163500 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Smedley Butler page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Pennsylvania Railroad Memorial Plaques
* Memorials to William Wallace Atterbury, George Gibbs and John Edgar Thomson
* small heads, trains
* inscription:
1866-1935
William Wallace Atterbury
Tenth President of The Pennsylvania Railroad
Director General of Transportation of American Expeditionary Forces - World War I.
Friend of Labor - Pioneer in collective bargaining
Servant of the American people in war and peace
With courage and foresight he introduced electrification in to the railroad's system
1861 - 1940
George Gibbs
Consulting Engineer
Whose vision and tenacity of purpose led to the development of the
Pennsylvania Railroad's articulated electric locomotive class GG1
placed in operation 1934
and contributed so much to the advancement of the art of electric railroad transportation
1808 - 1874
J. Edgar Thomson
Father of the Pennsylvania Railroad
First Chief Engineer - Third President
He planned the railroad's present system
He left his fortune in trust for the education and maintenance of female orphans of railway employees whose fathers may have been killed in the discharge of their duties
* Interior. North waiting area 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market.
* 39.955975,-75.181950 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's William Wallace Atterbury page
+wikipedia.org's John Edgar Thomson page
+wikipedia.org's 30th Street Station page




Spirit of Transportation
Karl Bitter, 1895
* big group of people, mostly standing, some sitting, horses, sheep, oxen, wagon and carriage, basket of fruit, model train, model boat, model airship
* inscription:
This panel, the conception and work of Karl Bitter, sculptor, was executed in 1895 and placed in the waiting room of Broad Street Station Philadelphia from which place it was removed to this site in January, 1933. The spirit of transportation is represented in triumphant procession of progress led by a little child carrying a model of an airship, a prophetic vision of a mode of transportation to come.
* Interior. North waiting area 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market Sts..
* 39.955985,-75.182160 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+Linda Mann Art Gallery pictures of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Karl Bitter page
+wikipedia.org's 30th Street Station page




Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
James Earle Fraser, 1938
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* big seated person, chair
* Free, but not always open. Check times. The last picture is of a reference from the mural at 24th and Chestnut.
* Interior. Franklin Institute. West side of 20th, South of the Parkway.
* 39.958200,-75.173000 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+official page for this piece
+wikipedia.org's James Earle Fraser page
+The Electric Franklin
+The Franklin Institute Science Museum




PTC Trolley No. 2733
St. Louis Car Company, 1947
* big actual trolley
* Accessible from the concourse when the building is open, visible through the glass when it isn't.
* Interior. Concourse level. 1234 Market. South side of Market between 12th and 13th.
* 39.951850,-75.160850 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+youtube video walk around of this piece
+wikipedia.org's PCC streatcar page
+wikipedia.org's St. Louis Car Company page




PTC Bus No. 1312
ACF-Brill Motors Co., 1949
* front of an actual bus
* The original was a 1948 model C-44. This is a reconstruction from a donated 1949 model C-36. Accessible from the concourse when the building is open, visible through the glass when it isn't.
* Interior. Concourse level. 1234 Market. South side of Market between 12th and 13th.
* 39.951800,-75.160825 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's J.G. Brill Company page




Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial
Walker Hancock, 1952
* big vertical people (one winged)
* inscription:
front:
In memory of the men and women of the Pennsylvania Railroad who laid down their lives for our country 1941-1945.
back:
That all travelers here may remember those of the Pennsylvania Railroad who did not return from the Second World War.
* Main lobby. 30th Street Station. North side of Market between 29th and 30th.
* 39.955635,-75.181575 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Prominently displayed in the movie Witness
+wikipedia.org's Walker Hancock page
+wikipedia.org's 30th Street Station page




Untitled Wall Sculpture
George Sugarman, 1972 (approximate)
* abstract relief
* Visible through the window
* Interior. Albert M. Greenfield School. South side of Chestnut, West of 22nd.
* 39.952400,-75.177500 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+georgesugarman.com
+Greenfield




Ice
Robinson Fredenthal, 1973
* abstract frozen water
* Usually open, visible through the window when not
* In the concourse stairwell. 1234 Market. Southeast corner 13th and Market.
* 39.951900,-75.161300 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+robinfredenthal.com




Water
Robinson Fredenthal, 1973
* big abstract water
* Usually open, visible through the window when not
* In the lobby. 1234 Market. South side of Market, East of 13th.
* 39.951800,-75.160700 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+robinfredenthal.com




Bicentennial Dawn
Louise Nevelson, 1975
* abstract forms
* Visible through the glass. Sometimes accessible through the building.
* inscription:
My search in life has been for a new seeing, a new image, a new insight, a new consciousness. This search includes the object as well as the in-between places - the dawns and the dusks, the objective world, the heavenly spheres, the places between the land and the sea... Man's creations arrest the secret images that can be found in nature.
Bicentennial Dawn is a place, an environment that exists between night and day - solid and liquid - temporal and eternal substances. It can be experienced as a monument to the past as well as the spores of the future. Contemplation is the means by which we extend our awareness.
Bicentennial Dawn is a contemplative experience in search of awareness that already exists in the human mind. The inner and the outer equal one.
* Inside. Federal Court. 6th and Market, Northwest of the Northwest corner.
* 39.951225,-75.150600 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+Smithsonian interview with Louise Nevelson
+wikipedia.org's Louise Nevelson page
+wikipedia.org's James A. Byrne United States Courthouse page




Commuter Tunnel Mural
David Beck, Verlin Miller, 1984
* big trees
* The mosaics run two full blocks on both sides of the station.
* Tunnel walls. Jefferson Station. Underground. Between Market and Filbert from 10th to 12th..
* 39.952500,-75.158150 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+picture from flickr.com
+wikipedia.org's Jefferson Station page




cirque, CIRQUE
Judy Pfaff, 1993
* big abstract forms
* Unless you're there for an event, you'll have to look at it through the entrance
* On the ceiling. Ballroom of the Convention Center. Inside Reading Terminal Headhouse, North side of Market between 11th and 12th, at the top of the escalator (top floor).
* 39.952800,-75.159050 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's pictures of this piece
+judypfaffstudio.com
+Pennsylvania Convention Center




Philbert
Eric Berg, Victoria Davila, 1995
* pig, food (painted tiles)
* The market is not always open. Check hours before visiting.
* inscription:
By feeding Philbert you will help improve the health of people in needy communities by providing fresh, nutritious food and nutrition education. Philbert is sponsored by CoreStates Bank for the benefit of the Reading Terminal Market Trust
* Inside. Reading Terminal Market. Southeast corner, 12th and Arch.
* 39.953400,-75.159025 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece
+Eric Berg Studios
+victoriadavila.com
+Reading Terminal Market




Humanity in Motion
Jonathan Borofsky, 2007
* standing people
* The pictures were taken from outside the building
* Interior. Comcast Center. Northwest corner, 17th and JFK.
* 39.954550,-75.168550 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+borofsky.com
+phillyskyline.com Comcast Center entry




Before, Now, Tomorrow
Erica Loustau, Henry Loustau, 2008
* clock, gears and wheels, moon and stars
* There are two related pieces on the platforms.
* Interior. 52nd Street MFL Station. Southeast corner, 52nd and Market.
* 39.959800,-75.224700 [map]
* See also:
+SEPTA's page for this piece
+ericaloustau.com
+henryloustau.com
+wikipedia.org's 52nd Street Station page




Philadelphia Building Chandelier
Warren Muller, 2008
* chandelier
* Visible through the window
* Interior. East side of Juniper, North of Walnut.
* 39.949425,-75.163050 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+winkwarrenmuller.com




Landscape Junk Assemblage
Tom Deininger, 2011
* plants, clouds, butterflies
* Clearly visible through the window on Arch. If you're lucky the guard will let you inside. I do not have an actual title for this piece. "Landscape Junk Assemblages" is the artist's name for this category of work.
* Lobby. South side of Arch, East of 17th.
* 39.954850,-75.167800 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:
+tomdeiningerart.com




Riders
William Daniel Travis, 2012
* small people standing
* Both sides of the concourse. Next to the 13th Street MFL Station. Underneath Market between 12th and 13th.
* 39.951950,-75.160700 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+septa.org page for this piece




Orders of Nature
Soo Sunny Park, 2014
* big abstract form
* visible through the highly reflective glass
* Interior. Northeast corner, 38th and Market.
* 39.956790,-75.197675 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+soosunnypark.com