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Content: Towers, Spires, Obelisks, Pylons and Steles

Penn Society Obelisk
1827
* Monument to William Penn
* obelisk, plants (on plaque), symbolic wampum belt (on plaque)
* inscription:
obelisk itself:
William Penn born 1644 died 1718
Pennsylvania founded 1681
Treaty Ground of William Penn and the Indian Natives 1682
plaque:
While other colonies were in conflict and in great distress with the Indians, William Penn through his philosophy of social justice and peace, engaged their friendship and goodwill. Here is the site of the great treaty of amity between William Penn and the Indians which was held in November, 1682 for the purpose of establishing a permanent friendship. The treaty is thought to have been held under the great elm tree, which was blown down by heavy winds on Saturday night, March 3, 1810. The leaves on the seal represents the great elm, and the Wampum-belt represents the great treaty of amity.
* Penn Treaty Park. Delaware and Marlborough.
* 39.966700,-75.128150 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page
+Friends of Penn Treaty Park
+Penn Treaty Park Historical Plaques




Battle of Germantown Memorial
1903 (approved by legislature)
* stele, battlefield map with troop positions
* inscription: Erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in commemoration of the Battle of Germantown fought October 4 1777
* East side of Vernon Park. West side of Germantown North of Chelten.
* 40.036300,-75.175750 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Battle of Germantown page
+ushistory.org's Vernon Park tour page




Civil War Sailors Memorial
Hermon Atkins MacNeil, 1921
* big stele, angel, group of people, standing, lying and kneeling, suggestion of a ship, hats, weapons, anchor, seahorses, eagles
* inscription:
front top: In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free.
front bottom: All who have labored today in behalf of the Union have wrought for the best interests of the country and the world not only for the present but for all future ages.
back: Port Royal, Port Hatteras, Port Henry, Hampton Roads, New Orleans, Memphis, Port Hudson, Charleston, Mobile Bay, Drury's Bluff, Cherbourg, Fort Fisher, 1961-1865.
* South side of the Parkway, West of 20th.
* 39.959420,-75.172960 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+another phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Hermon Atkins MacNeil page




Civil War Soldiers Memorial
Hermon Atkins MacNeil, 1921
* big stele, group of people, standing people, angel, hats, weapons, flag, eagle, horse
* The last picture is of the reference to this piece from the mural at 12th and Walnut
* inscription:
front top: One country, one Constitution, one destiny.
front bottom: Each for himself gathered up the cherished purposes of life, its aims and ambitions, its dearest affections, and flung all with life itself into the scale of battle.
back: Donaldson, The Peninsula, Antietem, Murfreesborg, Chancelorsville, Gettysburg, Chickanagua, Chattanooga, Petersburg, Atlanta, Appomatox, 1861-1865
* North side of the Parkway, West of 20th.
* 39.959650,-75.172650 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+another phillyhistory.org 1959 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Hermon Atkins MacNeil page




Tezzi-Reitz Veterans Memorial
1955
* stele, memorial with VFW emblem
* Picture provided by and Copyright William Mason
* inscription:
Erected through the combined efforts of the commanding officers and members of VFW Post 250 and the public spirited people of the Port Richmond and Kensington areas, in evidence of those who gave so much to protect our God given freedom and liberty.
Memorial Day 1955
Tezzi-Reitz Post
* Southwest side of Somerset between Aramingo and Cedar St..
* 39.983275,-75.115515 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Friends of Tezzi-Reitz on Facebook




Bell Tower
Nolen Swinburne and Associates, 1965
* big tower, bells
* Berks Mall between 12th and 13th.
* 39.981300,-75.154350 [map]
* On the Temple Campus tour
* See also:
+Bell Tower Webcam
+Nolen-Swinburne page from philadelphiabuildings.org




Untitled
Jon Bogle, 1974 (installed)
* abstract tower
* Nicetown Park. Northeast corner, Germantown and St. Pauls.
* 40.01930,-75.155560 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+myphillypark.org's Nicetown Park page




Gray Manor Memorial
Joseph C. Bailey, 1982
* Relief busts of Dr. William Herbert Gray, Jr. and Dr. William Herbert Gray, Sr.
* steles, heads, abstract design
* The father and grandfather of William H. Gray III. Pictures provided by and Copyright Karl Henry
* inscription:
Dr. William Herbert Gray, Sr.
Servent of God and the People
Dr. William Herbert Gray, Jr.
God's Ambassador
Helped make the world a better place for all mankind.
* In front of the Gray Manor Apartments. West side of 8th between Oxford and Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.976875,-75.148775 [map]




Columbus Monument
Venturi, Scott Brown (and Rauch), 1992
* Monument to Christopher Columbus
* big abstract obelisk, pennant, biographical text
* At the time this piece was built the firm was named Venturi, Scott Brown
* inscription:
1492-1992
Charismatic Leader, Navigator, Mathematician, Cartographer
Cinquecento Anniversary
Columbus, intrepid navigator, with a sense of the sea unparalleled before or after him. A native son of Genoa, he became through his dedication to a dream, an honored hero of history.
His keen intellect, abiding faith, and undaunted persistence made him a giant among men of this millenium.
* Columbus at Dock Street.
* 39.944650,-75.141500 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* See also:
+venturiscottbrown.org
+wikipedia.org's Christopher Columbus page




Philadelphia Beacons
Ray King, 1994 - 1999
* big abstract towers, light sources
* Broad and Washington.
* 39.937850,-75.166800 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour
* See also:
+1998 City Paper story
+rayking.nu




Girard Avenue War Memorials
2010 (restored)
* stele
* inscription:
large:
In memory of the men and women of the Pennsylvania Railroad and our community who laid down their lives for our country. Let all who pass here remember those who served in times of peril and whose bravery kept our nation strong and free.
small:
Dedicated to the 29th Ward
War Mothers
Gold Star Mothers
Gold Star Wives
Who offered their all to create peace in the world.
* South side of Girard, East of 31st.
* 39.974820,-75.186525 [map]
* On the Fairmount tour
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+philly.com article about the restoration of this piece




Re:flection
Jeffrey Manuel (aka Jefre), 2010
* abstract steles, actual plants
* Was on the Northwest corner, 38th and Powelton for approximately three years. On September 15, 2013, it was gone and the sidewalk where it had been was freshly replaced.
* 39.959700,-75.196800 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing
* See also:
+article about this piece from planphilly.com




Land Buoy
Jody Pinto, 2014
* big pole, stairs
* Washington Avenue Pier. East of Columbus and Washington.
* 39.932300,-75.140400 [map]
* On the South Philly tour
* See also:
+jodypinto.com
+visitphilly.com's Washington Avenue Pier page




Total Environment
Barbara Neijna, 1986
* big abstract arches, spires
* Plaza. East side of 6th, South of Walnut.
* 39.946125,-75.151000 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+askart.com's Barbara Neijna page
+ a piece by Barbara Neijna in Jacksonville, FL




Freedom Corner
James Dupree, 1995
* abstract standing person, stele
* Plaza. Freedom Square. Northeast corner, Germantown and Wister.
* 40.030150,-75.16495 [map]
* On the Germantown Avenue tour
* See also:
+dupreestudiosinc.com




Balance
Jill Sablosky, 2009
* abstract furniture forms, steles, ideas
* inscription:
E Pluribus Unum
Out of Many One
* Northwest corner, 7th and Appletree.
* 39.953550,-75.151600 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+inliquid.com's Jill Sablosky page




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
* See also:
+stantec.com visioning-brands-experience page
+emporis.com's Commerce Square page




A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial
Branly Cadet, 2017
* Memorial to and statue of Octavius Catto
* big and small standing person, ideas, cube and mirrored orb, steles representing a streetcar and a representational streetcar, buildings, plants, horse, clouds, groups of people, some sitting, hats, guns, baseball equipment
* inscription:
South side of steles, North side of cube:
There must come a change which will force upon this nation that course which providence seems wisely to be directing for the mutual benefit of all peoples.
West side of steles, West side of cube:
Educator Leader Major Athlete Activist
South side of cube: October 10, 1871
East side of cube:
XV
Amendment to the United States Constitution
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
North side of steles:
1839 Born February 22 in Charleston, South Carolina
1854 Becomes a student at the Philadelphia Institute for Colored Youth
1858 Graduates from the Institute for Colored Youth
1859 Chosen as a member and recording secretary of the Banneker Institute, an all black literary society led by Jacob White, Jr. Hired as an English and mathematics teacher at his alma mater. Campaign to desegregate the horse-drawn streetcars in Philadelphia begins.
1863 becomes a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Helps lead a civil war recruitment committee with Frederick Douglas, members of the Union League, and others, which raises eleven regiments of black troops who trained at Camp William Penn in Cheltenham.
1864 Named corresponding secretary of the Pennsylvania Equal Rights League, an affiliate of the National Equal Rights League. Appointed Vice President of the State Convention of Colored People held in Harrisburg. Led civil disobedience protests and lobbied white legislators in Harrisburg to desegregate streetcars.
1865 Co-authored the state Equal Rights League call for voting rights, streetcar desegregation, and the hiring of black teachers for black students in public schools.
1867 Governor signs statewide "Bill of Rights" law desegregating streetcars. Led the Pythians Base Ball Club of Philadelphia to an undefeated season.
1869 Named principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth Pythians play the Olympic Ball Club in Philadelphia in the first match between black and white teams. A leader of the unsuccessful effort to integrate the private City Wide Congress of Literary Societies. Helps lead successful Pennsylvania campaign to pass the 15th Amendment which led to thousands of black men registering to vote.
1870 The Union League presents Octavius Catto, Frederick Douglas, and Robert Purvis with a banner celebrating Pennsylvania's adoption of the 15th Amendment at a ceremony on Broad Street. Writes curriculum for new schools for freed former slaves in the District of Columbia. Becomes a member of the original Franklin Institute breaking the color line at the prestigious national forum for advancing American science and technology.
1871 Named an Inspector General with the rank of Major in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Shot to death on October 10, on South Street in the midst of election day riots. He was 32, and one of many black men shot or attacked that day by opponents of the 15th Amendment. As one of Philadelphia's most influential leaders, more than 5,000 mourners attended his funeral and procession down Broad Street.
* South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951775,-75.164100 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* Exhibits: Athletic, New, War, African American
* See also:
+branlycadet.com
+wikipedia.org's Octavius Catto page
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page