Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Kensington

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This is a driving tour. It includes the neighborhoods of Fishtown, Port Richmond, Harrowgate, Juniata Park, Fairhill, and Olde Kensington. Start at Penn Treaty Park at Delaware/Beach and Marlborough and then travel:

Indian Land Commemorative
Bob Hazous, 1988 - 1995
* big abstract standing people, birds
* On the traffic island next to Penn Treaty Park. Delaware and Marlborough.
* 39.966800,-75.129400 [map]
* See also:
+Bob Hazous exhibit at the Institute of American Indian Arts
+Bob Hazous interview at

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]
* See also:'s William Penn page

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]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:'s William Penn page

Tezzi-Reitz Veterans Memorial
* 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]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Friends of Tezzi-Reitz on Facebook

Greg Leavitt
* standing people, sitting person, partial person, sports and playground equipment, water
* Fence. Cohocksink Recreation Center. Southeast side of Cedar St. at East Cambria.
* 39.984300,-75.112775 [map]
* See also:

Campbell Square Arch
Warren C. Holzman, 2004
* partial people, tools, church, ship, train, sun, plants, fish, arch, fleur de lis, sign
* Campbell Square. Northeast side of Allegheny at Livingston.
* 39.986025,-75.103875 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:

Hose Team In Action
Harold Kimmelman, 1971
* two people, one standing, one kneeling, helmets, firehose
* On the wall. Engine Company 28. Southwest side of Ontario between Belgrade and Miller.
* 39.988900,-75.099975 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters
* See also:

Port Richmond Firefighters Memorial
* Memorial to Richard F. Devine, William J. Robinson, Rey Rubio, John Taylor and Thomas Vaughan
* black polished etched stone in the shape of the Fire Department emblem, two people kneeling, one winged, one wearing a helmet
* inscription:
Philadelphia Fire Department
Engine Company #28
To honor our firefighters who have lost their lives while protecting and serving the great community of Port Richmond
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if ascending to my fate I am to lose my life
please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.
FF Thomas Vaughan
March 13, 1904
FF William J. Robinson
January 15, 1905
FF Richard F. Devine
July 29, 1999
Capt. John Taylor
August 20, 2004
FF Rey Rubio
August 20, 2004
Dedicated August 20, 2005
* In front of Engine Company 28. Southwest side of Ontario between Belgrade and Miller.
* 39.988925,-75.099950 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters, Religious
* See also:
+article about the memorial
+article about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+archive of articles about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+brief bio of Richard Devine

War Memorial
Amelie Zell Felton, 1952
* eagle
* inscription:
front: To honor those who served
back: Dedicated by the Harrowgate Park Civic Associaton, 1952
* North side of Harrowgate Park. Southeast of Kensington and Tioga.
* 39.999600,-75.106650 [map]
* Exhibits: War

Tioga El Station
* eagle
* Entrance. Northeast corner Harrowgate Park. Kensington and Tioga.
* 40.000140,-75.106450 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Earth Sculpture
Bernard Brenner, 1967
* abstract form
* Wall. North side of E. Lycoming, East of Castor.
* 40.008750,-75.098050 [map]
* See also:
+Bernard Brenner exhibit at

Roberto Clemente
Phil Sumpter, 1997
* Statue of Roberto Clemente
* small standing person, helmet, baseball bat, map of Puerto Rico
* inscription:
"Quiero que me recuerden como uno que dio todo lo que tenia para dar."
"I want to be remembered as someone who gave all that he had to give."
Roberto Clemente Walker
* Courtyard. Roberto Clemente Middle School. South side of Erie between Front and 2nd.
* 40.006575,-75.130000 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic, African American
* See also:'s Roberto Clemente page

McVeigh Children's Relief
Anthony Visco, 1981
* small groups of children standing, sitting, sticks, balls, and swings
* Access is through the gate on D. The picture of the West side of the piece (the side with the swings, which is in much worse physical condition than the East side) has been heavily retouched to remove scribbled names.
* On the grounds of the McVeigh Recreation Center. South side of Ontario West of D.
* 40.000610,-75.121435 [map]
* See also:

Charles Allen Smith
Francis P. Moitz, 1917
* Statue of Charles Allen Smith
* standing person wearing a hat, eagle, rock
* inscription:
Erected by the Allied Monument Committee of Phila.
To Charles Allen Smith
April 21, 1917
Killed at Vera Cruz
April 22, 1914
* Southeast corner of McPherson Square Park. Northwest of Kensington and Indiana.
* 39.994600,-75.118425 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+Free Libray of Philadelphia page about McPherson Square and the statue article about the United States occupation of Vera Cruz

Fireman Carrying A Hatchet
Dexter Jones, 1967
* small standing person, helmet, hatchet, stairs
* Wall. Boudinot Street and Hart Lane.
* 39.993635,-75.122870 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters

Autumn Winds
Messinger, Pietka, Hahn, LLC, 2007
* abstract leaves
* Stairs. Huntingdon MFL Station. Northeast of Kensington, Huntingdon and B.
* 39.989000,-75.127250 [map]
* See also:
+SEPTA's page for this piece

Mayan Game Group
Joyce de Guatemala, 1981
* abstract Mayan sports equipment
* There's an unlocked gate on Howard with a path leading back to the piece, which is partially visible from the sidewalk
* East side of Howard, just North of West Huntingdon.
* 39.989725,-75.131900 [map]

Taller Puertorriqueno Mosaic
Joe Brenman, 2000
* big abstract mosaic
* Wall. Education and Cultural Programs Building Taller Puertorriqueno. Southeast corner 5th and Huntingdon.
* 39.990375,-75.140475 [map]
* See also:

Taller Puertorriqueno Community Garden
* standing people, food, dragon, guitar, hats
* Inside the fence but clearly visible
* Next to the Administrative Building, Taller Puertorriqueno. East side of 5th, North of Lehigh.
* 39.992660,-75.140000 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified, African American

Horse Team and Pumper Making A Run
Harold Kimmelman, 1978
* small seated person, partial person, hat and helmet, fire-fighting equipment, horses
* Wall. West side of 2nd, North of York.
* 39.987575,-75.135825 [map]
* Exhibits: Police and Fire Fighters
* See also:

Entrance Pillars
Darling Rosario, 1995
* small abstract mosaic
* Three posts from two of the eight entrances are pictured.
* Entrance posts. Norris Square. Susquehanna and Howard.
* 39.983225,-75.133850 [map]

The Assist
Michael Grothusen, 2011
* big abstract working funnel, actual locust tree
* Commissioned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia. The funnel will provide extra water to the tree assisting its growth over time. Stainless Steel and Locust Tree. 18 x 24 x 10 Picture provided by and Copyright Michael Grothusen
* Northwest corner, American and Diamond.
* 39.982450,-75.138368 [map]
* See also:
+Michael Grothusen's page at

Doorways to Peace
Joe Brenman, Cathleen Hughes, Fadwa Kashkash, 2003 - 2004
* abstract shapes, ideas
* Walls. Al Aqsa Islamic Society. Northeast corner, Germantown Ave. and Jefferson St..
* 39.973750,-75.141700 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Peace and Love
* See also:
+Joe Brenman's page for this piece's Cathleen Hughes page

See Also
+Campbell Square information
+The Recreation Department Cohocksink Recreation Center page
+unofficial history of Engine Company 28
+Harrowgate Park's Huntingdon Station page
+Friends of Norris Square Neighbors Association
+Friends of Penn Treaty Park
+Penn Treaty Park Historical Plaques
+Taller Puertorriqueno