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Content: Dragons and Chimeras

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




St. Andrew and St. Monica Gargoyles
1883
* small dragons
* South and East walls. Church of St. Andrew and St. Monica. West side of 36th, South of Baring.
* 39.960600,-75.194050 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+ssandrewmonica.org




Mother Bethel Gargoyles
1889
* dragons
* High on the walls. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Northeast corner 6th and Lombard.
* 39.943375,-75.151850 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuilding.org's entry for the building
+Mother Bethel AME Church




Fisher Fine Arts Library Gargoyles
1891
* dragons
* On the walls. West side of 34th, South of Walnut (Woodland Walk side).
* 39.951700,-75.192975 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:
+Gargoyle Hunter's page for the building
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building




Gate and Gargoyles
Samuel Yellin, 1912
* small dragon head, abstract gate
* there are identical gargoyles on either side of the gate
* Gate (and gargoyles). South side of Latimer, West of 16th.
* 39.948150,-75.168350 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers




Irvine Auditorium Gargoyles
1926
* small dragon heads
* Wall. South side of Irvine Auditorium. Northwest corner, 34th and Spruce.
* 39.950700,-75.193225 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Irvine Auditorium page




Welsh Society Plaque
1968
* One line biographies of Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris and William Penn
* small dragon logo
* inscription:
The Welsh Society
Philadelphia
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 Marshall, 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
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Jefferson page
+wikipedia.org's John Marshall page
+wikipedia.org's Gouverneur Morris page
+wikipedia.org's Robert Morris page
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Chinatown YMCA Dragons
1971
* small dragons, plants, water
* Wall. East side of 10th, South of Cherry.
* 39.954235,-75.156075 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building




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.edu
+Drexel University




Dragons
Ward Elicker, 2009
* big dragons
* On top of the parking lot wall. North side of Arch, East of 9th.
* 39.953375,-75.154100 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+artist's pictures of this piece in the foundry
+artist's pictures of this piece being installed
+elickercasting.com




Broad Street Ministry Gargoyles
1901
* small faces, dragons
* Whole building. Broad Street Ministry. East side of Broad between Spruce and Pine.
* 39.946150,-75.164750 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building
+Broad Street Ministry




Taller Puertorriqueno Community Garden
* standing people, food, dragon, guitar, hats
* Inside the fence but clearly visible
* Next to the Administrative Building, Taller Puertorriqueno. East side of 5th, North of Lehigh.
* 39.992660,-75.140000 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified, African American
* See also:
+Taller Puertorriqueno




Buddha and Dragons
2010 (installed)
* Statue of Buddha
* big standing person, headgear, flask, small dragons
* South side of Phat Quang Buddhist Temple. East side of 4th, North of Washington.
* 39.935210,-75.150400 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Guatama Buddha 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:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




St. George and the Dragon
Elkington and Company, 1877 (sometimes listed 1876)
* Statue of Saint George
* seated person, horse, helmet, spear, dragon
* inscription:
Designed and cast
1877
Elkington & Company
Birmingham England
for
The Society of the Sons of St. George
of Philadelphia
Founded 1772
St. George's Day, 23 April, 1978
* Martin Luther King Drive just North of Black Road.
* 39.983050,-75.205900 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Moved
* See also:
+phillyskyline.com story about the demolition of the building where this sculpture used to be, with picture
+Society of the Sons of St. George
+picture of this piece from the Free Library of Philadelphia
+Bob Speel's Elkington & Company page
+newadvent.org's St. George page




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




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:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




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
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building
+St. Paul's Chestnut Hill




Chinatown Zodiac Medallions
Andrews Lefevre Studios, 2012
* symbols, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram), monkey, rooster, dog, pig
* North side of Vine, East of 9th. The small medallions are arranged along Vine between 9th and 10th and along 10th North and South of Vine.
* 39.957170,-75.153823 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+artist's article about this piece
+andrewslefevre.wordpress.com




Convent of Divine Love
Paul Monaghan, 1914 (date of building)
* Relief of winged Jesus
* sitting, standing, winged people, sword, dove, sun, dragon heads, symbols
* inscription:
Chapel Entrance: Venite Jesum Adoremus
:Convent Entrance: Come holy spirit. Beneath the shadow of thy wings we dwell.
* Whole building. Convent of Divine Love. Southwest corner, 22nd and Green.
* 39.965285,-75.174400 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+philadelphiabuildings.org Paul Monaghan entry
+adorationsisters.org




Fidelity Bank Building
1928
* reclining people, heads, standing people, headgear, hammer, artists tools, quill and scroll, dragons, ship, weapons, lion, tree, donkey, sun, sundial
* inscription:
Libertas Americana, 4 Juil 1776
Non sine diis animosusinians 17 Oct. 1777 - 19 Oct. 1781
Fugio. 1787, Mind your business
Value me as you please
Masathusets
* Whole building. East side of Broad between Sansom and Walnut.
* 39.949675,-75.163925 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building




Penn Quad Gargoyles
1894 - 1911
* small crouching and horizontal people, heads, headgear, squirrel, seahorse, donkeys, frogs, dragon, balls, shields, books, food, staff, musical instruments
* Walls. Penn Quad. South side of Spruce from 36th to 38th.
* 39.950875,-75.197400 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the Quad




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