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Fountains in Philadelphia are typically on May through September, sometimes as early as April or as late as October. They are usually turned off during droughts, which are most likely in August and early September.

City Hall Fountain
* abstract fountain
* Was on the East side of 15th, South of Market. Removed when Dilworth Plaza was reconstructed in 2014
* Plaza. Southwest corner of City Hall.
* 39.952015,-75.164875 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Lion Head Trough
* drinking fountain, lion head
* South side of Washington Square. 7th South of Locust.
* 39.946250,-75.152500 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Washington Square page




Park Towne Place East Fountain
* abstract fountain
* Plaza. South corner of the driveway, Park Towne Place. South side of the Parkway, West of 22nd.
* 39.960670,-75.176755 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+parktowneapthomes.com




Park Towne Place West Fountain
* abstract fountain
* Plaza. Southwest side of the driveway, Park Towne Place. South side of the Parkway, West of 22nd.
* 39.960640,-75.177490 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+parktowneapthomes.com




The Singing Fountain
* fountain, standing people (including a mermaid), bowl, musical instruments, birds, flowers
* In the middle of the triangle formed by 11th, Passyunk, and Tasker.
* 39.929900,-75.163210 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+visitphilly.com The Singing Fountain page




Fountain of the Sea Horses
1740 (1926 replica)
* fountain, horses
* River side of Kelly Drive, at the bottom of the ramp at the back of the museum.
* 39.967555,-75.183650 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour




Franklin Square Fountain
1838
* abstract fountain
* Center of Franklin Square. Northwest corner, 6th and Race.
* 39.955650,-75.150450 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1915 picture of the fountain off
+historicphiladelphia.org's Franklin Square page
+wikipedia.org's Franklin Square page




Catherine Thorn Fountain
1890 (late 1800s)
* In memory of Catherine Thorn
* fountain
* inscription: Erected with the legacy of Catharine Thorn by The WPSPCA
* Southeast corner, 23rd and South.
* 39.945280,-75.179620 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour




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
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1910 picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+Featured in The Sixth Sense
+wikipedia.org's George Washington page




Art Museum Steps Fountain
1928
* fountain, fish
* Along the front steps. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.964950,-75.180100 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Favorites, Unidentified
* See also:
+Philadelphia Museum of Art




Eli Kirk Price Fountain
Charles E. Borie, Jr., Horace Trumbauer, Alfred Zantzinger, 1934
* In memory of Eli Kirk Price, Jr.
* fountain
* inscription:
In memory of Eli Kirk Price 1860-1933 whose wisdom and dedication were responsible for the development of the Parkway and the Art Museum.
* West end of Eakins Oval. Parkway at 24th.
* 39.963900,-75.179625 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org




Ericsson Fountain
Charles E. Borie, Jr., Horace Trumbauer, Alfred Zantzinger, 1934
* In memory of John Ericsson
* fountain
* inscription:
Dedicated to the memory of Captain John Ericsson, scientist, inventor, patriot. Born in Sweden July 31, 1803. Died in America, the country of his adoption, March 8, 1889.
* West end of Eakins Oval. Parkway at 24th.
* 39.964610,-75.178700 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1934 picture of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1961 picture of this piece
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org
+wikipedia.org's John Ericsson page




Washington Square Fountain
1952
* fountain
* Center of Washington Square. South of 7th and Walnut.
* 39.947050,-75.152310 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Washington Square page




Philadelphian Fountain
1963
* fountain
* This fountain has many different configurations
* Steps. North side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 24th and 25th.
* 39.966510,-75.178150 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building




Tuscan Girl Fountain
Oskar Stonorov, Jorio Vivarelli, 1965
* fountain, four people, one standing, three not standing, globe
* Wall. Southwest corner, Cherry and the Parkway.
* 39.956100,-75.168550 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour




Society Hill Towers Fountain
I. M. Pei, 1966 (restored 2009)
* fountain
* Courtyard/plaza. Society Hill Towers. 2nd Street North of Spruce.
* 39.945450,-75.144700 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's I. M. Pei page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's Society Hill Towers page




Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Fountain
Vincent King, 1969
* Memorial to Ellen Phillips Samuel
* fountain
* Love Park is being rebuilt
* Plaza. Specifically John F. Kennedy Plaza (Love Park). Between 15th and 16th, JFK and Arch.
* 39.954250,-75.165650 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Missing




Dilworth Plaza Fountain
1974 (completion of original plaza)
* waterfall fountain
* Was on the East side of 15th, just North of Market. Removed with the reconstruction and flattening of Dilworth Plaza in 2014
* Plaza. City Hall.
* 39.952700,-75.164710 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Voyage of Ulysses
David von Schlegell, 1977
* Recalling the voyage of Ulysses
* abstract fountain
* On April 24, 2013 the sculptural element was gone and the fountain was base torn up. On March 8, 2014, the sculptural element was back and the fountain base had been replaced.
* Plaza. West side of 6th between Market and Arch, between the James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse the the William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building..
* 39.951875,-75.150500 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+NY Times obituary of David von Schlegell
+wikipedia.org's Odysseus/Ulysses page




Chestnut Park Fountain
Christopher Collins, John F. Collins, John R. Collins, Ted Knighton, 1979
* fountain, abstract buildings, turtle, wolf head, bird
* Inside John F. Collins Park. Between Chestnut and Ranstead, West of 17th.
* 39.951900,-75.169050 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+picture of the fountain on flickr.com
+collinsstudio.com
+tedknighton.com
+Center City District Parks: John F. Collins Park
+Chestnut Park page from asla.org




One Logan Square Fountain
1983
* fountain
* Courtyard. Northwest corner of 18th and Cherry.
* 39.956700,-75.170150 [map]
* On the JFK North tour




Lindemann Fountain
1984
* In memory of Joseph S. Lindemann
* small fountain plants
* In the small park on the Northwest corner of 37th and Locust Walk.
* 39.952460,-75.197200 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




1835 Market Fountain
1986
* abstract fountain
* Wall. North side of Market, East of 19th.
* 39.953600,-75.170825 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour




Linpro Building Fountain
1990
* fountain
* Wall. Next to the Linpro Building. North side of Market, West of 19th.
* 39.953875,-75.172250 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+emporis.com's page for the building, which they list by the current name




Bell Atlantic Building Fountain
1991
* fountain, architectural elements
* Plaza. Behind the Bell Atlantic Building. Southeast corner of 18th and Cherry. One block South of the Parkway.
* 39.956000,-75.16900 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+phillyskyline.com's page for the building
+emporis.com's page for the building




Commerce Square Fountain
1992
* fountain
* Plaza. Commerce Square. South side of Market between 20th and 21st.
* 39.954200,-75.174100 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+emporis.com's Commerce Square page




Lily Composition #3
Anne Froehling, 1993
* fountain, plants
* Plaza. Woodland Walk between 37th and Spruce and 36th and Locust Walk.
* 39.951440,-75.196300 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour




University Museum Fountain 2
Laurie Olin, 2002
* abstract fountain
* Lower (East) courtyard of the Penn Museum. South side of South Street, East of 33rd.
* 39.949360,-75.190890 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+theolinstudio.com
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology




Hill Pavilion Fountain
2006
* abstract fountain
* Veterinary Hospital. West side of 38th at Woodland Walk, between Baltimore and Spruce.
* 39.950200,-75.199900 [map]
* On the University City South Medical Complex tour
* See also:
+Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania




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




Water Works Fountain
2006
* fountain, rocks
* In the garden of the Water Works. Schuylkill Banks near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965410,-75.183250 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* See also:
+Fairmount Water Works




Comcast Center Fountain
Laurie Olin, 2008
* fountain
* Plaza. Comcast Center. Northwest corner, 17th and JFK.
* 39.954325,-75.168600 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* See also:
+theolinstudio.com
+phillyskyline.com Comcast Center entry




Headhouse Square Fountain
2009
* abstract fountain
* Headhouse Square. Middle of 2nd at Lombard.
* 39.942040,-75.145490 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Headhouse Square page




Ritz Carlton Residence Fountain
2009
* abstract fountain
* visible through the fence
* Wall. South side of S. Penn Square, West of Broad.
* 39.951325,-75.164650 [map]
* On the City Hall tour




Sculpture Garden Wall Fountain
2010 (approximate)
* fountain
* Wall. Northwest corner of the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Anne d'Harnocourt Drive (25th and Kelly Drive to the Spring Garden Bridge).
* 39.967375,-75.182650 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour




Barnes Foundation Tabletop Fountain
Laurie Olin, 2012
* big abstract fountain
* Southeast of the Barnes Foundation. North side of the Parkway, West of 20th.
* 39.959950,-75.172250 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+theolinstudio.com
+barnesfoundation.org




Barnes Totem
Ellsworth Kelly, 2012
* big abstract shape, reflecting pool
* accessible when the museum is open, otherwise barely visible through the fence
* Northeast corner of the Barnes Foundation. North of the Parkway, West of 20th.
* 39.960400,-75.172050 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Ellsworth Kelly page
+barnesfoundation.org




Sister Cities Fountain
Bryan Hanes, 2012
* fountain
* Plaza. South end of Sister Cities Park, East side of Logan Square. North side of the Parkway, West side of 18th.
* 39.957610,-75.169325 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+studiobryanhanes.com
+wikipedia.org's Logan Circle page




Dilworth Park Fountain
KieranTimberlake, Laurie Olin, 2014
* big fountain
* converted to an ice-skating rink in the winter
* North end of Dilworth Park. East side of 15th at Market.
* 39.952800,-75.164700 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+kierantimberlake.com
+theolinstudio.com
+ccdparks.org's Dilworth Park page




Peace Fountain
1865 (based on the inscription)
* house-like structure, water fountain
* inscription:
Peace
June 1865
* In the garden of the Water Works. Schuylkill Banks near the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965380,-75.183075 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* Exhibits: Peace and Love
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1954 picture of this piece
+Fairmount Water Works




Lion's Head Fountain
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1899 (2004 copy)
* small lion's head fountain
* Visible through the gate when the gate is closed. Previously listed as 1929 but the University Museum web site lists that section as completed in 1899 and the Penn News claims to have an archival photo dating from 1913-1916.
* Upper (West) courtyard. Penn Museum. South side of South, just East of 33rd..
* 39.949700,-75.191600 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+Penn News story about the restoration of the fountain
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Stirling Calder page
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology




Rodin Museum Fountain
Paul Philippe Cret, 1929
* small head, fountain
* In front of the Rodin Museum. North side of the Parkway between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.961750,-75.174150 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+The Paul Philippe Cret Collection at upenn.edu
+Rodin Museum




Triton Fountain
Donald De Lue, 1941
* Statue of Triton
* fish, kneeling person, fountain
* Not (as listed elsewhere) on North 6th
* Courtyard. North side of Chestnut, East of 10th, behind a fence.
* 39.950325,-75.156150 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+sculptor.org's Donald De Lue page
+wikipedia.org's Donald De Lue page
+wikipedia.org's Triton page




Courtship
Henry Mitchell, 1958
* Memorial to Henry M. Phillips
* horses, fountain
* Plaza. Art Museum. 25th and the Parkway.
* 39.965325,-75.180600 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org picture of this piece
+henrywmitchell.com
+Philadelphia Museum of Art




Milkweed Pod
Clark B. Fitz-Gerald, 1965
* big plant fountain
* Courtyard. Behind the Rohm and Haas building, West side of 6th street between Chestnut and Market (go up the steps and through the underpass).
* 39.950300,-75.151400 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+Clark Fitz-Gerald gallery from sfitzgeraldfineart.com




Free Interpretation of Plant Forms
Harry Bertoia, 1967
* big plant, fountain
* Formerly on Civic Center Boulevard (34th Street South of Spruce). Removed when the entire complex was torn down in 2000. Installed at the Woodmere in 2016 without the fountain. The picture is from the original location.
* Grounds of Woodmere Art Museum. Corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road.
* 40.082985,-75.220250 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Inquirer article about this piece
+wikipedia.org's Harry Bertoia page
+Woodmere Art Museum




Flame
Sherl Joseph Winter, 1968
* flame, fountain
* Originally in the main quad between Market and Chestnut, 32nd and 33rd. Moved 2006. The first picture is from the original location, the second picture is from the new location off, and the third picture is from the new location on.
* On the campus of Drexel University. Southeast corner 33rd and Race.
* 39.958690,-75.189050 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+winterartstudio.com
+Drexel University




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




Hippo Head Fountain
1976
* hippo head fountain
* inscription: Funds for this park were granted by the Board of City Trusts from a fund created by the estate of Stephen Girard for the improvement of the Delaware front of the city
* Courtyard park. North side of Arch, East of 4th.
* 39.952425,-75.146290 [map]
* On the Old City tour




Fitler Square Fountain
1982
* Dedicated in honor of Marie F. Wilson
* birds, fountain
* inscription: for her outstanding contributions to the beautification of Fitler Square
* Center of Fitler Square. 23rd and Pine.
* 39.947600,-75.179800 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour
* See also:
+fitlersquare.org




Welcome
EvAngelos W. Frudakis, 1988
* standing person, fountain
* In the driveway of the Rittenhouse Hotel. West side of 19th, South of Walnut.
* 39.949750,-75.173100 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+evangeloswfrudakis.com




The Roundabout
Alice Adams, 1992
* stairs, fountain
* Plaza. On the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. Northeast corner, 10th and Locust.
* 39.947650,-75.157350 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* See also:
+NYC piece by, and brief bio of, Alice Adams
+Thomas Jefferson University




Top of the Hill Plaza Fountain
Jonathan Alderson, 2000 (unconfirmed)
* rocks, fountain
* Fountain was not on, 9/17/07
* Plaza. North corner, Germantown and Rex.
* 40.077500,-75.209000 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+jonathanalderson.com




Duck Girl
Paul Manship, 1911
* small standing person, duck, fountain, fish heads
* In the pool at the center of Rittenhouse Square. Southwest from 18th and Walnut.
* 39.949375,-75.171800 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Paul Manship page
+wikipedia.org's Rittenhouse Square page




University Museum Fountain
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1920 (approximate)
* birds, face, fountain
* Inside wall. Lower (East) courtyard of the Penn Museum. South side of South Street, East of 33rd.
* 39.949440,-75.190805 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Stirling Calder page
+Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology




Otters
Henry Mitchell, 1979
* In memory of William W. Bodine, Jr.
* small otters, rocks, fountain
* Moved from the West end of the building to the East end, probably in 2007. The first picture is from the original location, the rest are from after the move, and with a much lower water level in the pool.
* inscription: With Gratitude to William W. Bodine Jr. Leader, builder and friend of Thomas Jefferson University.
* On the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. South side of Walnut between 10th and 11th behind the building which faces Walnut..
* 39.947965,-75.157975 [map]
* On the Jefferson Campus tour
* Exhibits: Favorites, Moved
* See also:
+henrywmitchell.com
+NY Times obituary of William W. Bodine, Jr.
+Thomas Jefferson University




Grow Old Along With Me. The Best is Yet to Be
Charles Parks, 1996 (original installed in Newark)
* group of people standing, fountain
* The much smaller original was commissioned for the Newark Senior Center.
* Plaza. North side of Market, between 39th and 40th.
* 39.957325,-75.200700 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: African American
* See also:
+article describing the original on bluetoad.com
+picture of the original on moroccoworldnews.com
+ wikipedia.org's Charles Parks page




I.M. Pei Garden
Jill Sablosky, 2003
* A tribute to I. M. Pei
* bench, sundial, fountain
* inscription:
World-renowned Architect and Designer
of Society Hill Towers
In celebration of
the Towers 40th Anniversary, 2003
* North side of Society Hill Towers. Near the top of the stairs off Dock Street, South of Walnut and West of 2nd.
* 39.946000,-75.144850 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* See also:
+inliquid.com's Jill Sablosky page
+wikipedia.org's I. M. Pei page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's Society Hill Towers page




Swann Memorial Fountain
Alexander Stirling Calder, 1924
* Memorial to Dr. Wilson Cary Swann
* big reclining people, swans, frogs, turtles, fountain
* Consists of three large pieces representing the Delaware, the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon, plus frogs and turtles. The fountain is on during the summer and is visible from both ends of the Parkway.
* Center of the circle. Logan Square. 19th and the Parkway.
* 39.957900,-75.170600 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of one of the turtles.
+wikipedia.org's page for this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1931 picture of this piece
+Max Buten's picture of one of the turtles
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Stirling Calder page
+wikipedia.org's Logan Circle page




Rittenhouse Square Fountain
Paul Philippe Cret, 1913
* small head, turtles, insects, snail, otter?, fountain
* Center of Rittenhouse Square. Southwest from 18th and Walnut.
* 39.949290,-75.171740 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* Exhibits: Favorites
* See also:
+The Paul Philippe Cret Collection at upenn.edu
+wikipedia.org's Rittenhouse Square page