Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Avenue of the Arts

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The Avenue of the Arts tour runs North on Broad St. from the Ellsworth-Federal station to Lombard then

In addition to the pieces pictured here, there is usually a temporary installation on the Northwest corner of Broad and Pine.

St. Rita of Cascia Statue
1970 (approximate, new mold 2010)
* Statue of Saint Rita of Cascia
* small standing person, habit, crosses
* Just South of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia. West side of Broad, South of Ellsworth.
* 39.936100,-75.167400 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious

St. Rita of Cascia Medallion
1995 (approximate)
* Relief portrait of Saint Rita of Cascia
* small head covered
* Top of the alley gate. National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia. West side of Broad, South of Ellsworth.
* 39.936225,-75.167400 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious

St. Augustine and St. Patrick
* Statues of Saint Augustine and Saint Patrick
* standing people, hats, staffs, religious symbols
* Front wall. National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia. West side of Broad, South of Ellsworth.
* 39.936300,-75.167350 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s Augustine of Hippo page's Saint Patrick page

Marine Club Lamps
1904 (year of building)
* small eagles, flames
* In front of the Marine Club. West side of Broad, just South of Washington.
* 39.937500,-75.167050 [map]

Philadelphia Beacons
Ray King, 1994 - 1999
* big abstract towers, light sources
* Broad and Washington.
* 39.937850,-75.166800 [map]
* See also:
+1998 City Paper story

Clef Club
Les Rosenwinkel, 1995
* big abstract idea
* Wall. Clef Club. North side of Fitzwater, West of Broad.
* 39.941925,-75.166300 [map]

Guardians of Fire
Gerd Utescher, 1964
* small group of people standing, fire
* In front of Engine Company 1. East side of Broad, South of Bainbridge.
* 39.942290,-75.165525 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters

Engine Company 1 Memorial Plaque
* In memory of Aloysius Boyle, Thomas Donahue, Oliver Exley, John Gormley, William Heller, James Kelley, George McConoghy, John Minnick, George Murray, James Shea, John Welsh and Howard Wilson
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
In memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
Lest we forget
FF. Oliver Exley   Truck E   05/12/1881
FF. William Heller   Engine 1   02/20/1897
FF. James Shea   Engine 1   03/02/1899
FF. James Kelley   Truck E   03/30/1905
FF. Aloysius Boyle   Truck E   11/10/1905
FF. John Minnick   Ladder 5   06/05/1925
BC. George McConoghy   Battalion 1   07/23/1928
FF. John Gormley   Ladder 5   01/24/1937
FF. George Murray   Ladder 5   10/19/1937
BC. Howard Wilson   Engine 1   03/24/1945
FF. Thomas Donahue   Engine 1   01/26/1954
FF. John Welsh   Ladder 5   06/12/1973
Dedicated by the members of E-1, L-5, Bn-1 & Medic 35
* In front of Engine Company 1. East side of Broad, South of Bainbridge.
* 39.942290,-75.165525 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters

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

Marino Monument
Harold Kimmelman, 1977
* Sculpture in memory of Vincent A. Marino, Esq.
* standing person, abstract architectural elements
* Visible through the fence on both sides
* inscription:
Deputy Regional Administrator HUD Region 3
His dedication and talent helped build
* Courtyard. West side of the Casa Enrico Fermi Apartments. Southeast of Juniper and Lombard.
* 39.944320,-75.164010 [map]
* See also:
+artist's page for this piece

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]
* See also:'s Zahner page

Broad Street Ministry Gargoyles
* small faces, dragons
* Whole building. Broad Street Ministry. East side of Broad between Spruce and Pine.
* 39.946150,-75.164750 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:'s entry for the building

Bike Cloud
Ralph Tullie, 2014
* small abstract cloud
* Bike rack. In front of the Kimmel Center. West side of Broad, South of Spruce.
* 39.946630,-75.164980 [map]
* See also:

Eight Figures
Arlene Love, 2001 (approximate installation; 1980, approximate completion)
* standing people
* Visible from the North side of Spruce. If the building is open you may be able to see them up close.
* Over the Spruce Street entrance. Kimmel Center. South side of Spruce, West of Broad.
* 39.947000,-75.165525 [map]
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece

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]
* See also:

Eugene Ormandy
1983 (Guess. Year of hotel construction)
* Tribute to Eugene Ormandy
* partial people, conductor's baton, podium
* Wall. Outside the Ormandy Ballroom. East side of Broad, South of Locust.
* 39.947385,-75.164450 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified
* See also:'s Eugene Ormandy page

Athena and Cherubs
* relief bust of Athena
* small cherubs, head, helmet
* Way over the entrance. East side of 15th, South of Locust.
* 39.948200,-75.166160 [map]
* See also:'s Athena page

First National Bank Building
1928 (original building date)
* big and small birds, seated people, dog head, lion head, snakes, zodiac signs
* Zodiac signs and dog's head are behind the 15th street entrance awning.
* Whole Building. Southwest corner, 15th and Walnut.
* 39.949500,-75.166040 [map]
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:'s page for the building

Drexel Building
* zodiac signs and symbols, ram, meregoat, bull, winged people sitting and kneeling, crab and fish, lion, musical instrument, scales, scorpion, centaur, weapons, jug, water, headgear, eagle
* inscription: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
* Whole Building. Northeast corner, 15th and Walnut.
* 39.949625,-75.165850 [map]
* See also: entry for the building

Tiffany Atlas Clock
Henry Frederick Metzler, 1853 (date of NYC original)
* statue of Atlas
* standing person, clock (sign)
* Above the entrance. Tiffany and Co.. South side of Walnut between Broad and 15th.
* 39.949385,-75.165200 [map]
* See also: history page with particulars of the history of this piece's Atlas page

Manufacturers Club
* small partial winged people, fruit
* South wall. Northwest corner, Broad and Walnut.
* 39.949500,-75.164525 [map]
* See also: entry for the building

Fidelity Bank Building
* reclining people, heads, standing people, headgear, hammer, artists tools, quill and scroll, dragons, ship, weapons, lion, tree, donkey, sun, sundial
* inscription:
Libertas Americana, 4 Juil 1776
Non sine diis animosusinians 17 Oct. 1777 - 19 Oct. 1781
Fugio. 1787, Mind your business
Value me as you please
* Whole building. East side of Broad between Sansom and Walnut.
* 39.949675,-75.163925 [map]
* See also:'s page for the building

Spirit of '61
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, 1911
* standing person, hat, rifle
* inscription:
First Regiment Infantry National Guard of Pennsylvania
(Gray Reserves)
1861 - April 19 - 1911
* In front of the Union League. Southwest corner, Broad and Sansom.
* 39.949800,-75.164400 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Max Buten's picture of this piece 1957 picture of the Union League with this piece visible's Henry Kirke Bush-Brown page

Washington Grays Monument
John Wilson, 1908
* Portrait on soldier's hat of George Washington
* standing person wearing a hat, rifle
* The base was created by Joseph Wilson in 1872
* inscription: To Our Fallen Comrades 1861-1865
* In front of the Union League. Southwest corner, Broad and Sansom.
* 39.950060,-75.164350 [map]
* Exhibits: Favorites, War
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece page for this piece's George Washington page

Sheep in a Ribbon
* small sheep, Brooks Brothers Logo
* There used to be a Brooks Brothers at this location
* inscription: Established 1818
* East Entrance. West side of 15th between Chestnut and Sansom.
* 39.950775,-75.165700 [map]
* See also: entry for the building

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]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers

Packard Building Gates
Samuel Yellin, 1923
* flowers
* Gates. Packard Building. Southeast corner, 15th and Chestnut.
* 39.950950,-75.165360 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers

Chestnut Street Bus Shelters
Pablo Tauler, 1999
* abstract designs, plants
* Some pictures have been edited to make vandalism on the metal illegible.
* Bus shelters. South side of Chestnut, 7th to 17th.
* 39.95035,-75.160290 [map]
* See also:

Girard Trust Building
* relief busts of Stephen Girard
* big head, ships, lion head
* inscription: Girard Trust Company, Incorporated 1836
* North and East sides. Ritz Carlton. West side of Broad, North of Chestnut.
* 39.951150,-75.164100 [map]
* See also: entry for the building's Stephen Girard page

Possible trip extension:City Hall (North half a block and East one block to Juniper)

See Also

+Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame
+University of the Arts
+Broad Street Ministry
+Clef Club of Jazz
+Kimmel Center
+National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia's Packard Building entry's Suzanne Roberts Theatre page
+The Union League
+Wilma Theater