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This tour starts in Louis Kahn Park on the Northwest corner of 11th and Pine and from there runs

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]
* See also:
+wikimedia.org picture of this piece
+Charles Madden
+wikipedia.org's Louis Kahn page




Lamps
Joel Schwartz, 1986
* abstract light fixtures
* Entrance. Southwest corner 11th and Spruce.
* 39.946250,-75.159600 [map]
* See also:
+schwartzforge.com




Western Union Logo
1922
* small bas-relief map of the world, lightning bolts, Western Union logo
* Wall. North side of Locust, West of 11th.
* 39.947650,-75.159550 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building




Outstretched Cherub
Frank Miles Day, 1892
* small standing person, plants
* Above the entrance. North side of Locust, West of 12th.
* 39.947850,-75.161275 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+upenn.edu archives Frank Miles Day entry




Historical Society of Pennsylvania Entrance
* state seal, horses, bird
* Entrance. Historical Society of Pennsylvania. South side of Locust, West of 13th.
* 39.947910,-75.162700 [map]




Benjamin Franklin
Francesco Lazzarini, 1789
* Statue of Benjamin Franklin
* standing person, staff, books,
* Behind dark and very reflective glass.
* The replica in the original location at 5th and Chestnut: Benjamin Franklin
* inscription:
Philadelphia merchant William Bingham commissioned this marble statue to honor Franklin. It was carved in Carrara, Italy and installed in 1792 in a niche above the entrance to the Library Company's first building on Fifth Street South of Chestnut Street. As seen in William Birch's 1800 engraving, above.
Exposure to the elements at its original site and in later years has produced the evident deterioration.
The dedication stone below the statue reads:
This statue of Dr. Benjamin Franklin was presented by William Bingham, Esq. MDCCXCII
* Front window. Library Company of Philadelphia. South side of Locust between 13th and Juniper.
* 39.947975,-75.163065 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin




Boy With Dolphins
Wilson Eyre, 1890
* small standing person, dolphins
* The first two pictures are of the piece itself. The second two are of smaller pieces higher on the walls.
* Front stairs. Northeast corner of Locust and Juniper.
* 39.948100,-75.163290 [map]
* See also:
+Wilson Eyre's drawing of the building with the sculpture clearly visible
+wikipedia.org's Wilson Eyre page




Witherspoon Building
1895 - 1897
* References to and representations of Albert Barnes, Charles Hodge, Jesus, Saint John, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Matthew and John Witherspoon
* small lion, birds, ox, plants, books, winged person, groups of people, standing people, reclining people, heads and eyes, fire, scales, headgear, anchor, cup, furniture, various religious symbols
* Some art was moved to the Presbyterian Historical Society: Witherspoon Building Figures
* West side of Juniper between Sansom and Walnut, and along the North side of Walnut West of Juniper.
* 39.949250,-75.163200 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's page for the building
+wikipedia.org Albert Barnes page
+wikipedia.org Charles Hodge page
+wikipedia.org's John Witherspoon page




Philadelphia Building Chandelier
Warren Muller, 2008
* chandelier
* Visible through the window
* Interior. East side of Juniper, North of Walnut.
* 39.949425,-75.163050 [map]
* See also:
+winkwarrenmuller.com




Beneficial Savings Fund Society Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1916
* kneeling people, headgear, mirror, flaming torch, plants
* Wall. West side of 12th, South of Chestnut.
* 39.950100,-75.160325 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org page for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org




Eagle
1880 (date of building)
* eagle, plants
* Roof. South side of Chestnut, West of 12th.
* 39.950430,-75.161040 [map]




Gazelle
* gazelle
* Wall. South side of Chestnut between 13th and Juniper.
* 39.950575,-75.162300 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified




Widener Building
Horace Trumbauer, 1914
* horizontal angels, globes, Philadelphia seal, ship, plow, bundles of grain
* also on the North end of the building
* Entrance. North side of Chestnut, West of Juniper.
* 39.950800,-75.162950 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org entry for the building
+Horace Trumbauer page from philadelphiabuildings.org


Possible trip extension:City Hall (half a block North on Juniper)

See Also

+Historical Society of Pennsylvania
+Library Company of Philadelphia
+Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park