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Fireman's Hall Sign
* small sign, fire engine, horse, sitting people, helmets
* South wall. Fireman's Hall Museum. Just East of 2nd and Quarry.
* 39.953230,-75.142850 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters
* See also:
+firemanshall.org




Philadelphia and the Schuylkill
* quotes from Charles Dickens, John P. Shelden, Frances Trollope and Mark Twain
* signs, sheep, locomotive, machines and tools, basket and barrel, buildings, maps, plants, food, benches with quotes
* an outdoor history exhibit with artistic elements
* inscription:
benches:
"The Water Works...are no less Ornamental than Useful, being Tastefully Laid Out as a Public Garden..."
-Charles Dickens
"I Passed Along the Pavement by the Pump-House... I went in. I saw Immense Water-Wheels.."
-Mark Twain (1853) Missouri
"The Celebrated Works on the Schuylkill, by which the Water of the River is Raised ...are Beyond Praise"
-John P. Shelden (1825) Michigan
"But interesting[?] and Curious as this Machinery is, it is, In Truth, One of the Prettiest Spots the Eye can look upon."
-Frances Trollope (1830) England
* Schuylkill Banks between the Waterworks and the Spring Garden Bridge.
* 39.965325,-75.183450 [map]
* On the Art Museum Grounds tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Charles Dickens page
+wikipedia.org's Frances Trollope page
+wikipedia.org's Mark Twain page




Spring Garden Farmers Market Sign
Frank Rushmore Watson, 1889
* sign, cattle head, cornucopia, food
* Pediment. Union Transfer. South side of Spring Garden between 10th and 11th.
* 39.961520,-75.155360 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece
+philadelphiabuildings.org Frank Rushmore Watson entry
+utphilly.com




St. Mary's School Sign
1970 (year of the building)
* sign, school logo, symbolic heart, rose, book
* In the school logo the book under the heart is more pronounced
* West wall. St. Mary Interparochial School. East side of 5th, South of Locust.
* 39.945960,-75.149725 [map]
* On the Society Hill tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+saintmarys.us




Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
Isaiah Zagar, 1997
* big abstract sign, ideas
* Wall. West side of 23rd between Fairmount and Aspen.
* 39.967840,-75.175400 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* See also:
+Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
+philadelphiasmagicgardens.org




Tabernacle United Church Signs
Lynn Denton, 1999
* signs, religious symbols and imagery, boat, Earth, food, sitting and standing people, birds, plants, musical instruments, sheep, hands, water
* tiles painted by the congregation
* Tabernacle United Church. Southwest corner, 37th and Chestnut.
* 39.954800,-75.196650 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+lynnbdenton.com
+City Paper article about Lynn Denton
+Tabernacle United Church




Science Leadership Academy Sign and Mosaics
2006 (school founded)
* small abstract sign, idea, mosaic kneeling people
* North wall. Science Leadership Academy. Southeast corner, 22nd and Market.
* 39.955930,-75.176175 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+scienceleadership.org




Reading Terminal Market Signs
2012 (approximate)
* small signs: flowers, food, flatware on a plate, fish, cow, chicken
* West and North walls. Reading Terminal Market. South side of Arch East of 12th and East side of 12th between Arch and Filbert.
* 39.953600,-75.159450 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+Reading Terminal Market




Zoo Sign
Gecko Group, 2013
* sign, logo, cat
* Northeast corner of the Zoo. West side of 34th, South of Girard.
* 39.974975,-75.195250 [map]
* On the West Park tour
* See also:
+geckogroup.com
+Philadelphia Zoo




Arts Bank Sign
* name sign
* On the roof. Arts Bank. Southeast corner Broad and South.
* 39.943500,-75.165300 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Francisville
* abstract tree, sign
* Southeast corner, 19th and Poplar.
* 39.971050,-75.167475 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




The Summer Winter Community Garden Arch
* arch, sign
* Summer Winter Community Garden. Northeast corner, 33rd and Race.
* 39.959000,-75.189000 [map]
* On the Powelton tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:
+summerwintergarden.org




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




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




The Sign Boy
Tom Miles, 1994
* small standing boy, sign, hat, dog
* East side of Juniper, South of Market.
* 39.951450,-75.162750 [map]
* On the City Hall tour




Wilma Theater Sign
Hugh Hardy, 1996
* big name sign
* Front wall. Wilma Theater. East side of Broad, North of Spruce.
* 39.947210,-75.164565 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+h3hc.com
+Wilma Theater




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




Welcome to Main Street Manayunk Sign
Venturi, Scott Brown (and Rauch), 2002
* idea sign
* At the time this piece was installed the firm was named Ven­turi, Scott Brown and As­so­ci­ates
* Main at Ridge.
* 40.015615,-75.209110 [map]
* On the Manayunk tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+Philadelphia Weekly article about this piece
+venturiscottbrown.org




We the People
Ian Bader, Henry N. Cobb, 2003 (year of building)
* big preamble to the Constitution, sign
* inscription: We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for the United States of America. to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
* Wall. Constitution Center. West side of 5th, North of Arch.
* 39.953275,-75.148700 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+pfcandp.com page for the building
+Ian Bader
+Henry N. Cobb
+Constitution Center




Pretzel
Warren C. Holzman, 2004
* big pretzel sign
* South side of Pretzel Park. Silverwood and Cotton.
* 40.025650,-75.221325 [map]
* On the Manayunk tour
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece
+ironstudioltd.com
+Pretzel Park




Continental Olive
2005
* big olive sign
* Wall. Northwest corner, 18th and Chestnut.
* 39.951750,-75.170450 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour




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




Race Street Connector
James Corner Field Operations, 2011
* big idea sign, measurements of water
* "CITY" is on the East side, pointing West and "RIVER" is on the West side, pointing East.
* inscription:
This dramatic light screen, made of expanded metal with bold signage and color-shifting night lighting, unifies the corridor underneath the expressways and draws people to the waterfront. The smaller characters graphically register the historic flooding events of the Delaware River by month, year and peak height as recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Race Street Pier (Pier 11). The resulting timeline visually reinforces the dynamic conntection between the city and the river.
* Under the 1-95 overpass. South side of Race, East of 2nd.
* 39.953670,-75.140950 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+fieldoperations.net




Along the Atlantic Flyway
2014
* small bird sign
* Washington Avenue Pier. East of Columbus and Washington.
* 39.932325,-75.140425 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:
+visitphilly.com's Washington Avenue Pier page




From River to Sea and Back
2014
* small fish sign
* inscription: Alewife, Striped Bass, American Eel, American Sturgeon, American Shad
* Washington Avenue Pier. East of Columbus and Washington.
* 39.932250,-75.140500 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:
+visitphilly.com's Washington Avenue Pier page




30th Street Station Sign
Calori and Vanden-Eynden Design, 2015
* big name, sign
* There is another, less dramatic version on the 29th Street side.
* Southwest corner, 30th Street Station. Northeast corner, 30th and Market.
* 39.955070,-75.18297 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* Exhibits: New
* See also:
+cvedesign.com
+wikipedia.org's 30th Street Station page




Morgan's Jazz Night Club Sign
* partial people, musical instruments, sign
* Front wall. North side of Price, just East of Germantown.
* 40.037125,-75.175150 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified, African American




Solidarity
* idea flag sign
* inscription: Teachers Local 3 AFT AFL-CIO
* Front wall. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. South side of Chestnut between 18th and 19th.
* 39.951660,-75.171100 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour
* See also:
+pft.org




Falling Star Relief
Charles Madden, 1983
* Tribute to Louis Kahn
* abstract falling star symbol, sign
* Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park. Northwest corner, 11th and Pine.
* 39.945050,-75.160250 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour
* See also:
+wikimedia.org picture of this piece
+Charles Madden
+wikipedia.org's Louis Kahn page
+Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park




Addams Family Silhouette
2003
* Reference to the work of Charles Addams
* small people standing, sign
* Originally installed in the courtyard behind the gates.
* Wall. Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall. West side of 36th between Walnut and Locust Walk.
* 39.953000,-75.194950 [map]
* On the Penn Campus tour
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+Charles Addams bio from westfieldnj.com
+Charles Addams bio from toonpedia.com
+Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall




Mosaic Project
Mike Smash, 2005
* idea, stars, sign
* Gate. East side of 10th, South of Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.977550,-75.151000 [map]




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




Spring Gardens Fence
2001 (approximate)
* plants, birds, spring, sign
* Fence and gates. Spring Gardens. Around the block bounded by 18th, 19th, Wallace and North.
* 39.966200,-75.168750 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Signs
2014
* small bird, plants, turtle, rocks, signs
* Both ends of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. East side of the Schuylkill River between South and Locust.
* 39.948100,-75.184675 [map]
* On the Fitler Square tour




Untitled (Lucas)
Lark Lucas, 1982
* people standing, sitting, hats, umbrellas, food, musical instruments, machines and tools, balloons, airplanes, signs, buildings, plants, birds, elephant, giraffe, camel
* visible through the fence
* Walls. North side of Filbert, West of 34th.
* 39.956900,-75.192250 [map]
* On the Avenue of Technology tour
* See also:
+Lark Lucas page at unm.edu




Campbell Square Arch
Warren C. Holzman, 2004
* partial people, tools, church, ship, train, sun, plants, fish, arch, fleur de lis, sign
* Campbell Square. Northeast side of Allegheny at Livingston.
* 39.986025,-75.103875 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+ironstudioltd.com
+Campbell Square 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