Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Powelton

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This tour runs through the Powelton neighborhood and a small slice of Mantua, North and South of Powelton Avenue, including the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center campus and the North edge of the Drexel University campus, ending at the Spring Garden Bridge. From the Southeast corner of 40th and Powelton we go

Two Hands
Joseph J. Greenberg, Jr., 1973
* hands
* South side of Powelton, East of 40th (Northeast corner of the apartment complex), completely surrounded by a tree.
* 39.959075,-75.201275 [map]

Phoenix Tree
Christopher T. Ray, 1975
* big abstract tree, partial person, bird
* In the traffic circle of the Presbyterian Medical Center. North and East of 39th and Filbert.
* 39.958550,-75.199000 [map]
* See also:

Tribute to Nursing
Cathy Hopkins, 1989
* small people, one standing, one sitting
* inscription:
In honor of
Our Nurses
Past, Present and Future
Genorously donated by
Presbyterian's Nursing Alumni
Ladies Aid Society
May 6, 1989
* North side of the traffic circle of the Presbyterian Medical Center. East and North of 39th and Filbert.
* 39.958740,-75.199000 [map]
* Exhibits: Medical

J. Seward Johnson, Jr.
* small people standing
* Campus of the Presbyterian Medical Center. East and North of 39th and Filbert.
* 39.958150,-75.198750 [map]
* Exhibits: Medical
* See also:

Corp. James J. Cochran VFW Post 251 Memorial
* Named for James J. Cochran
* small VFW emblem, eagles, arrows and shield, olive branch
* There is no record of what war Cochran fought in. The VFW Post, which has since closed, was named for him in 1919. Whether this was intended as a memorial to Cochran in particular or a tribute to all the members of the Post is unclear.
* inscription:
Corp. James J. Cochran
Post No. 251
Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the United States
* North side of the triangle at 37th, Powelton, and Lancaster.
* 39.959610,-75.195335 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified, War
* See also:
+Scott Ryder's Powelton Post article about the memorial

Powel Elementary School Mosaics
1961 (year of building)
* abstract mosaics
* Entrance. Samuel Powel Elementary School. Northeast Corner, 36th and Powelton.
* 39.960075,-75.193650 [map]

St. Andrew and St. Monica Gargoyles
* small dragons
* South and East walls. Church of St. Andrew and St. Monica. West side of 36th, South of Baring.
* 39.960600,-75.194050 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles

* Jesus
* small lion heads
* Entrance. Metropolitan Baptist Church. Southwest corner, 35th and Baring.
* 39.961075,-75.192945 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also: entry for the building

Powelton Village Playground Entrance
* abstract arch, live plants
* Entrance. Powelton Village Playground. Northeast corner, 35th and Powelton.
* 39.960150,-75.192325 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Bench Form
Thomas Sternal, 1990
* bench, abstract background
* Originally in a park on the South side of Market just East of 32nd which has been replaced by a building. The first picture is from the original location. The current location was a small park underneath the Katherine Drexel mural (not visible in the second picture), but the building with the mural was torn down leaving the piece much more in the open.
* On the campus of Drexel University. Southeast of 34th and Race..
* 39.958450,-75.190400 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved

Sherl Joseph Winter, 1968
* flame, fountain
* Originally in the main quad between Market and Chestnut, 32nd and 33rd. Moved 2006. The first picture is from the original location, the second picture is from the new location off, and the third picture is from the new location on.
* On the campus of Drexel University. Southeast corner 33rd and Race.
* 39.958690,-75.189050 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:

Summer Winter Community Garden Mosaic
* sun, plants, functional bench
* Summer Winter Community Garden. Northeast corner, 33rd and Race.
* 39.958950,-75.189050 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

The Summer Winter Community Garden Arch
* arch, sign
* Summer Winter Community Garden. Northeast corner, 33rd and Race.
* 39.959000,-75.189000 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Unidentified Mosaic Icons
* icons: cross, envelope, paw print, building, tree, bus, paintbrush, book, bicycle, shopping cart
* Fence. Northwest corner, 34th and Brandywine.
* 39.963600,-75.191650 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Finding Mantua
Lars Hokanson, Felix St. Fort, 2008
* small cars, buildings, trees, standing people
* West wall. Charles L. Durham Branch Library. Southeast corner, 34th and Haverford.
* 39.963900,-75.191525 [map]

Canadian Goose Logo
* small goose, trees
* There are multiple copies of this relief logo in various states of repair
* Walls. South side of Spring Garden (and North side of Hamilton), West of 32nd.
* 39.963075,-75.189200 [map]

Eric Berg, 1983
* small puma
* Visible through the fence
* Playground of the Caring Center. North side of Spring Garden, West of 31st.
* 39.963625,-75.187800 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:
+artist's picture of this piece at its original location
+Eric Berg Studios

Caring Center Frogs and Tadpoles
Friday Architects/Planners, 1992
* big frogs
* These are separate cutouts, not painted on.
* Walls. Caring Center. Northwest corner, 31st and Spring Garden.
* 39.963450,-75.187600 [map]
* See also:
+Friday Architects/Planners

Possible trip extension:Art Museum Grounds (across the Spring Garden Bridge)

See Also

+The Caring Center's Charles L. Durham Branch page
+Drexel University
+Presbyterian Medical Center
+Samuel Powel Elementary School