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On the City Hall tour.


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]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Smedley Butler page

City Hall Fountain
* abstract fountain
* Dilworth Plaza is being reconstructed
* Plaza. Southwest corner of City Hall. East side of 15th, South of Market.
* 39.952015,-75.164875 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing, Unidentified

William Penn's Prayer for Philadelphia 1684
* relief bust of, and quote from, William Penn
* small head
* inscription:
"And thou, Philadelphia, the virgin settlement
of this province - named before thou were born -
what love, what care, what service and what
travail there have been to bring thee forth
and to preserve thee from such as would abuse
and defile thee.
Oh that thou mayest be kept from the evil
that would overwhelm thee; that faithful
to the God of thy mercies, in the life of
righteousness, thou mayest be preserved to
the end.
My soul prays to God for thee that thou
mayest stand in the day of trial, that thy
children may be blest and thy people saved
by his power."
Erected by the Colonial Dames of America
Chapter II Philadelphia
Elise Willing Balch Memorial Fund
* Wall. South side of the East pavilion near the courtyard, City Hall. Market at Juniper.
* 39.952325,-75.163175 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page






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]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page






City Hall, North Pavilion
Alexander Milne Calder, 1873 - 1893
* people sitting, people standing, partial people, groups of people, horse head, seal of the city, ship, plow, cattle head, bear head, lion or tiger head, elephant head
* This pavilion was the first of the four to be cleaned and lit. Standing in this one small portion of the building you can sense the incredible amount of work that went into the building's sculpture.
* Part of the whole building's art. North entrance City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.953000,-75.163400 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder 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]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page


Major General John Fulton Reynolds
John Rogers, 1884
* Statue of John Fulton Reynolds
* seated person, horse, hat, sword
* North side of City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.953225,-75.163250 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+One of Max Buten's pictures of this piece
+1911 picture of this piece from phillyhistory.org
+another 1911 picture of this piece from phillyhistory.org
+wikipedia.org's John Rogers page
+wikipedia.org's John F. Reynolds page


General George McClellan
Henry Jackson Ellicott, 1894
* Statue of George B. McClellan
* seated person, hat, sword, horse
* North side of City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.953250,-75.163650 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+1911 picture of this piece from phillyhistory.org
+another 1911 picture of this piece from phillyhistory.org
+1913 picture of this piece from phillyhistory.org
+wikipedia.org's George B. McClellan page

Native Americans, Swedish Settlers and Eagles
Alexander Milne Calder, 1894
* big people standing, sitting, eagles
* Part of the whole building's art. Around the tower of City Hall. Broad and Market.
* 39.952750,-75.163350 [map]
* See also:
+undated picture of part of this piece in the studio from phillyhistory.org
+another picture of part of this piece in the studio from phillyhistory.org
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page


William Penn
Alexander Milne Calder, 1894
* Statue of William Penn
* big standing person wearing a hat
* There are only five buildings in Philadelphia that are higher than Billy Penn's hat. A smaller copy of the statue which is considerably closer to the ground can be viewed at Welcome Park, which is on the East side of 2nd between Chestnut and Walnut. The last two pictures are of references to this piece from the murals at 12th and Walnut and 24th and Chestnut. There is also a reference to this piece in The Tableau around the corner on 13th.
* Part of the whole building's art. On top of the tower of City Hall. Broad and Market.
* 39.952750,-75.163350 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org undated picture of the head of this piece
+phillyhistory.org 1893 picture of this piece in the courtyard
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page

Matthias William Baldwin
Herbert Adams, 1905
* Statue of Matthias William Baldwin
* standing person, scroll and drafting compass
* North side of City Hall. South side of JFK, East of Broad.
* 39.953000,-75.163000 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1936 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Herbert Adams page
+wikipedia.org's Matthias Baldwin page

John Christian Bullitt
John J. Boyle, 1907
* Statue of John Christian Bullitt
* standing person
* North side of City Hall. South side of JFK, West of Broad.
* 39.953050,-75.163915 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1936 picture of this piece
+askart.com's John J. Boyle page
+drinkerbiddle.com history page



William McKinley
Isidore Konti, Charles Albert Lopez, 1908
* Memorial to and statue of William McKinley
* standing person, seated people, branch
* The last picture is of the reference to this piece from the mural at 12th and Walnut
* inscription:
Soldier
Statesman
Martyr
* South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square , East of Broad.
* 39.951750,-75.163200 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1912 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's Isidore Konti page
+askart.com's Charles Albert Lopez page
+wikipedia.org's William McKinley page


Dutch Settlements Plaque
1909
* Mentions King Charles II, Willem Kieft, Cornelis Jacobsen Mey, Peter Minuit, William Penn, Peter Stuyvesent, Adriaen Jorissen Tienpont, Wouter Van Twiller and Willem Verhulst
* small symbols, beaver, flowers, crowns
* inscription:
In commemoration of the Dutch settlements on the Delaware 1623-1664
The territory occupied by the West India Company and known as New Netherland extended from the Capes of the Delaware to the Connecticut River and embraced within its boundaries the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Directors General of the West India Company Adriaen Jorissen Tienpont, Cornelis Jacobsen Mey, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Wouter Van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Peter Stuyvesent
Chronolgy New Netherland Captured by the English 1664. Recaptured by the Dutch 1673. Ceded to the English 1674. Charter granted by King Charles II to William Penn for the territory since known as Pennsylvania March 4, 1681
The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1909
* Wall. South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951740,-75.163650 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's King Charles II page
+wikipedia.org's Willem Kieft page
+wikipedia.org's Cornelis Jacobsen Mey page
+wikipedia.org's Peter Minuit page
+wikipedia.org's William Penn page
+wikipedia.org's Peter Stuyvesent page
+wikipedia.org's Wouter Van Twiller page
+wikipedia.org's Willem Verhulst page


Swedish Settlements Plaque
1909
* Lists Anders Svennson Bonde, Johan Campanius, Peter Larsson Cock, Anders Larson Dalbo, Mans Nilsson Kling, Joran Kyn, Peter Lindstrom, Peter Minuit, Johan Printz, Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, Peter Hollander Ridder, Johan Risingh, Captain Sven Skute and Olof Persson Stille
* small symbols, lions, crowns, tree
* Many of the names and spellings on this plaque do not match other sources
* inscription:
In commemoration of The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware 1638-1655
New Sweden embraced within its boundaries the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and included lands on the West side of the Delaware from Cape Henlopen to Trenton Falls and on the East side from Cape May to Mantua Creek
Swedish Governors Peter Minuit, Peter Hollender, Johan Printz, Johan Risingh
Swedish Sovereignty passed by capture to the Dutch, 1655
Among the prominent Swedish settlers were Mans Kling, Sven Schute, Johan Campanius, Joran Kyn, Olof Stille, Peter Cock, Anders Dalbo, Peter Lindhstrom, Anders Bonde, Peter Rambo
Erected by The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1909
* Wall. South side of City Hall. North side of S. Penn Square at Broad.
* 39.951735,-75.163725 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org: Anders Svennson Bonde and his Boon family
+wikipedia.org's Johan Campanius page
+colonialswedes.org's Peter Larsson Cock page
+colonialswedes.org: The Mattson and Dalbo Familes of West Jersey
+wikipedia.org's Mans Nilsson Kling page
+wikipedia.org's Upland, Pennsylvania page mentions Peter Lindstrom
+wikipedia.org's Peter Minuit page
+biography of Johan Printz from colonialswedes.org
+colonialswedes.org's Peter Gunnarsson Rambo page
+wikipedia.org's Peter Hollander Ridder page
+colonialswedes.org's Captain Sven Skute page
+wikipedia.org's Olof Persson Stille page

John Wanamaker, Citizen
John Massey Rhind, 1923
* Statue of John Wanamaker
* standing person carrying a hat
* inscription: 1838 - 1922
* East side of City Hall. West side of Juniper, North of Market.
* 39.952650,-75.162750 [map]
* See also:
+phillyhistory.org 1936 picture of this piece
+wikipedia.org's John Massey Rhind page
+wikipedia.org's John Wanamaker page


World War I Tablet
Nicola D'Ascenzo Studios, 1943 (? not legible)
* small eagle, branches, symbols
* inscription:
This tablet is erected by grateful citizens in honor of the men who offered the supreme sacrifice and of the women who forever glorified womanhood and made victory possible in the Great World War for The Freedom of Mankind
Not for a transient victory or some
stubborn belief that they alone were right
not for a selfish purpose did they fight
but for the generations still to come
Aug 4, 1914 - Apr 6, 1917 - Nov 11, 1918
* Wall. East side of the South tower entrance, City Hall. Market, West of Juniper.
* 39.952600,-75.163450 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org Nicola D'Ascenzo page

Roll of Honor
1956
* small head, upper body and arm, hat, police call box
* inscription:
Police Department
City of Philadelphia
In grateful memory of those who gave their lives in performance of their duty
* Courtyard (Southeast corner). City Hall. Market, West of Juniper.
* 39.952250,-75.163325 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters

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 Marhall, 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]
* 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

Dilworth Plaza Fountain
1974 (completion of plaza)
* waterfall fountain
* Dilworth Plaza is being reconstructed
* Plaza. City Hall. East side of 15th, just North of Market..
* 39.952700,-75.164710 [map]
* Exhibits: Missing

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. Market, West of Juniper.
* 39.952550,-75.163600 [map]

City Hall Plaque
American Soc. of Civil Engineers, 2006
* small City Hall Tower
* inscription:
National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark
Started 1871
Completed 1901
Since its completion 30 years after construction begain in 1871, City Hall has dominated the Center City Philadelphia skyline. At Penn Square,the building is still the world's tallest masonry load bearing structure, made of 88 million bricks and thousands of tons of stone. City Hall is the nation's most elaborate seat of municipal government. It is the finest example of the French Second Empire style, widely used in Late 19th Century public buildings.
* Wall. North side of the East pavilion near the courtyard City Hall. Market at Juniper.
* 39.952335,-75.163170 [map]
* See also:
+American Society of Civil Engineers

Alexander Milne Calder Plaque
2007
* bas-relief bust of Alexander Milne Calder
* small head and upper torso
* To see art by Alexander Milne Calder, click here
* inscription:

Alexander Milne Calder
Sculptor - 1846-1923

Alexander Milne Calder emigrated from Scotland in 1868 and spent twenty years creating over 250 sculptures that adorn City Hall. His bronze William Penn, installed atop the tower in 1894, is thought to be the largest scupture on top of a building at 37 feet tall and 27 tons. Calder's son and grandson were also sculptors: Alexander Stirling Calder's is located in Logan Circle and Alexander "Sandy" Calder's monumental Ghost mobile hangs in the Grand Stair of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Below William Penn are eight colossal bronzes of Native Americans, Swedish settlers and eagles. Allegorical sculptures on the building represent history, peoples of the world and nature, and collectively symbolize the spirit upon which the United States was founded.

Generations of Philadelphians have identified City Hall tower as the symbol of their city. The tower is visible for miles and remains the physical and civic heart of Philadelphia.

Creation of this plaque was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.


* On the wall.. East side of the North entrance of City Hall. South side of JFK at Broad.
* 39.953050,-75.163500 [map]
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Alexander Milne Calder page

See Also

+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page