Philadelphia Public Art

Person: William Penn

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]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s City Hall page's City Hall page

William Penn
John Cheere, 1774 (approximate, presented 1804)
* Statue of William Penn
* standing person wearing a hat, scroll
* Visible at a distance through the fence. Artist listing is documented as an attribution.
* inscription: John Penn A.D. 1804
* On the grounds of Pennsylvania Hospital. North side of Pine between 8th and 9th.
* 39.944650,-75.155825 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also:
+page about this piece's John Cheere page
+Pennsylvania Hospital

Penn Society Obelisk
* 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
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:
+Friends of Penn Treaty Park
+Penn Treaty Park Historical Plaques

Herman Kirn, 1883
* Statue of William Penn
* standing person wearing a hat
* There seems to be some debate as to whether this is a statue of William Penn or a random Quaker.
* On top of Mom Rinker's Rock. Down the footpath from Hortter and Parkline. Take the path on your left until you reach the bridge with no handrail on your right. Turn right, and cross the bridge. The statue is on top of the rock on the other side.
* 40.035335,-75.199700 [map]
* Exhibits: New, Religious
* See also: Mom Rinker's Rock page

William Penn
Alexander Milne Calder, 1894
* Statue of William Penn
* big standing person wearing a hat
* Billy Penn's hat was once higher than all the buildings in the city. The last two pictures are of references to this piece from the murals at 12th and Walnut and 24th and Chestnut.
* There is a much smaller copy in Welcome Park
* Also referenced by The Tableau
* Part of the whole building's art. On top of the tower of City Hall. Broad and Market.
* 39.952750,-75.163350 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also: undated picture of the head of this piece 1893 picture of this piece in the courtyard's Alexander Milne Calder page's City Hall page's City Hall page

Dutch Settlements Plaque
* 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]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:'s King Charles II page's Willem Kieft page's Cornelis Jacobsen Mey page's Peter Minuit page's Peter Stuyvesent page's Wouter Van Twiller page's Willem Verhulst page's City Hall page's City Hall page

William Penn
Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1914
* Relief portrait of William Penn
* Above the entrance. Penn Mutual Building. South side of Walnut, East of 6th.
* 39.947595,-75.150870 [map]
* On the Washington Square tour
* See also: entry for the building entry for Edgar Viguers Seeler

Board of Education Building
Irwin T. Catharine, Jules Melidon, 1930
* Busts of Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Stephen Girard, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John Marshall, William Penn, William Shakespeare, Thaddeus Stevens and Daniel Webster
* groups of people, people standing, people sitting and kneeling, winged people, heads, books, tablets, scrolls, writing implements, linked BE logo, eagles, scarf, staff, buildings, tools, urns, jugs, ship, hourglass, lamp, light fixtures, plants, sun, globes
* There is artwork on the Winter and 21st street sides and in the courtyard on Winter. More busts, not pictured and not easily visible, are on the East and West sides of the building. The School District no longer occupies the building.
* Building. Southwest Corner, 21st and Winter.
* 39.958900,-75.174150 [map]
* On the JFK North tour
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building's page for the building Irwin T. Catharine page's Alexander Graham Bell page
+The Electric Franklin's Robert Fulton page's Stephen Girard page's Thomas Jefferson page's Abraham Lincoln page's John Marshall page's William Shakespeare page's Thaddeus Stevens page's Daniel Webster page

Settling of the Seaboard
Wheeler Williams, 1942
* Quotes from William Penn and Alexander Whitaker
* group of people, standing, sitting, trees, turkey
* inscription:
I have great love and regard towards you and desire to win and gain your love and friendship by a kind, just and peacable life and the people I send are of the same mind and shall in all things behave themselves accordingly.
-William Penn to the Indians
If we consider the almost miraculous beginning and continuance of this plantation we must needs confess that God hath opened this passage unto us and led us by the hand unto this work.
-Aleaxander Whitaker
We yield unfeigned thanks and and praise
for the return of seed-time and harvest
for the increase of the ground
and the gathering in of the fruits thereof
and for all other blessings
of Thy merciful providence
bestowed upon this nation and people
-The Book of Common Prayer
A Land is Settled
* South Terrace Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. Kelly Drive, past Boat House Row.
* 39.972440,-75.190360 [map]
* On the Kelly Drive tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Wheeler Williams page's Alexander Whitaker page's Samuel Memorial tour page

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

Welcome Park
Venturi, Scott Brown (and Rauch), 1982
* Tribute to William Penn
* big map, standing person wearing a hat, house
* Welcome Park is laid out on a giant map of the original street plan, with miniature representations of two objects related to William Penn - the City Hall statue and his original slate-roof house. The Park itself sits on the site of the house. Two walls around the park contain a biography of Penn, and his farewell address to the city is on the back of the base of the model of the statue. At the time Welcome Park was built, the firm was named Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown.
* The original City Hall statue: William Penn
* inscription:
This model design was created from available knowledge of the
Of all the many places I have seen in the world, I remember not one better seated: so that it seems to me to have been appointed for a town.
The names of the streets are mostly from the things that grow in the country, as Vine Street, Mulberry Street, Chestnut Street, and the like.
* Plaza. East side of Second Street between Chestnut and Walnut.
* 39.947300,-75.143975 [map]
* On the Penn's Landing tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also: page for this piece

William Penn
Frank C. Gaylord, 1982
* Statue of William Penn
* standing person wearing a hat, scroll
* inscription:
Pennsylvania Founded 1682
Commemorated 1982
Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.
-William Penn
Penn Treaty Park
Erected and dedicated April 24, 1982 by the National Society Daughters of The American Colonists in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania and the treaty with the Indians.
* Penn Treaty Park. Delaware and Marlborough.
* 39.966850,-75.128650 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Friends of Penn Treaty Park
+Penn Treaty Park Historical Plaques

The City of Philadelphia
American Soc. of Civil Engineers, 1997
* Monument to the work of Thomas Holme and William Penn
* small map of Philadelphia
* inscription:
A portraiture of the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania in America by Thomas Holme Surveyor General. Sold by Andrew Sowle in Shoreditch London.
Planned 1682
Dedicated 1997
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1852
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
The City of Philadelphia
Surveyor General Thomas Holme, Governor William Penn and others planned the open public squares and rational street layout that we enjoy today. These original features have inspired city engineers for 300 years.
* Southeast corner of Aviator Park, West side of Logan Square. North side of Race, East of 20th.
* 39.957550,-75.171450 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+American Society of Civil Engineers's Thomas Holme page's Logan Circle page

See Also's William Penn page