Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Society Hill

List View | Map View

This tour starts at Front and Pine and then runs

Four Decorative Panels
Bernard Felch, 1978
* abstract brickwork
* Set in to the East walls of the entrances of the first three houses, and facing the sidewalk on Front. The pictures are ordered from West to East. The first is almost completely obscured by a gate, but the rest are visible.
* Walls. Northwest corner, Front and Pine.
* 39.942950,-75.143725 [map]

Rose Gate
* plants
* Entrance. East side of 2nd, just North of Pine.
* 39.943375,-75.145050 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Christopher T. Ray, 1972 - 1990
* plants, bird, sun
* 5 metal sculptured gates. Apartment complex bounded by Front, Second, Spruce, and Delancey.
* 39.944400,-75.144850 [map]
* See also:

Harold Kimmelman, 1970
* big abstract butterfly
* South side of Delancey West of 2nd.
* 39.943625,-75.145700 [map]
* See also:

Harold Kimmelman, 1981
* driftwood
* Back of the parking lot Northeast of Delancey (Three Bears) Park. North side of Cypress between 3rd and 4th.
* 39.944550,-75.147375 [map]
* See also:

Family of Bears
Sherl Joseph Winter, 1966
* small bears
* The black and white picture of the webmaster climbing on this piece is copyright Joan Anderson, 1972
* Delancey (Three Bears) Park. Delancey between 3rd and 4th.
* 39.944150,-75.148000 [map]
* See also:

Joe Mooney
* abstract plant form
* Across from Delancey (Three Bears) Park. South side of Delancey between 3rd and 4th.
* 39.943850,-75.147650 [map]
* See also:

* dogs, cat, mouse, bone, plants, birdhouse
* Fence. South side of Delancey, East of 4th.
* 39.944025,-75.148300 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

* Statue of Apollo
* small standing person, headgear, plant
* Visible through the gate on the South side of the Hill Physick Keith House. North side of Delancey, East of 4th.
* 39.944100,-75.148300 [map]
* See also:'s Apollo page

Drunken Satyr
* reclining person (satyr)
* Barely visible through the gate on the South side of the Hill Physick Keith House. North side of Delancey, East of 4th.
* 39.944300,-75.148100 [map]

Harold Kimmelman, 1970
* kangaroos
* Lawrence Court, running from Spruce to Cypress between 4th and 5th.
* 39.944625,-75.149300 [map]
* See also:

Bas Reliefs
Charles Wallis, 1973
* abstract forms
* The metal is missing on one of the four reliefs.
* Walls. Cypress and Delancey, West of 5th.
* 39.944450,-75.150400 [map]

Arabesque and Layout
Cathy Hopkins, 1985
* small vertical people
* Behind an awning
* Wall. West side of 5th, South of Locust.
* 39.945675,-75.149975 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic

* statue of Mary
* small standing person, head covered, rocks
* Visible through the gate
* Cemetery, Old St. Mary's. East side of 5th, South of Locust.
* 39.945800,-75.149665 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified
* See also:'s Mary, mother of Jesus page

St. Mary's School Sign
1970 (year of the building)
* sign, school logo, symbolic heart, rose, book
* In the school logo the book under the heart is more pronounced
* West wall. St. Mary Interparochial School. East side of 5th, South of Locust.
* 39.945960,-75.149725 [map]

St. Mary's School Doors
* Partial representations of John Adams, John Carroll, Katherine Drexel, Michael Francis Egan, Robert Harding and George Washington
* small partial people, hats, staff, ship, weapons, crosses
* Visible through the gate. Designed to echo the stained glass doors. The reference to Katherine Drexel is from the school's website.
* North entrance. St. Mary Interparochial School. South side of Locust, East of 5th.
* 39.946080,-75.149510 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also: page about the stained glass's John Adams page's John Carroll page's Katherine Drexel page's Michael Francis Egan page's George Washington page

Barry Memorial
* Memorial to John Barry
* anchor, rope, plants, cross
* inscription:
In memory of John Barry, father of the American Navy, born in Co. Wexford, Ireland, March 25, 1745.
First captain of the first ship owned by the Continental Congress. Continuous in his service during the entire period of the revolution. Supreme Commander of the entire naval forces of the colonies in the war for independence. Appointed by President Washington to the highest rank and first command of the navy of the United States. He died in Philadelphia September 3, 1803, and is buried in the adjoining churchyard. Requiscat in pace.
* On the wall. Old St. Mary's. West side of 4th Street South of Locust.
* 39.945700,-75.148325 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Unidentified, War
* See also:'s Commodore Barry page

Old St. Mary's Bench
* small standing people, sitting and kneeling people, sports equipment, tools, water, plants, horse, horn, fish, umbrella, hats
* Medallions are set into the curved brick back of the bench.
* Just South of Old St. Mary's. West side of 4th, South of Locust.
* 39.945375,-75.148475 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic, Unidentified, African American

Richard Lieberman, 1969
* abstract form
* Bingham Court. East side of 4th at Locust.
* 39.946025,-75.147500 [map]

Old Man, Young Man, The Future
Leonard Baskin, 1966
* standing person, sitting person, bird
* Also known as Society Hill Sculpture
* Plaza. Society Hill Towers. 2nd Street North of Spruce.
* 39.945225,-75.144875 [map]
* See also:
+Leonard Baskin page @

Society Hill Towers Fountain
I. M. Pei, 1966 (restored 2009)
* fountain
* Courtyard/plaza. Society Hill Towers. 2nd Street North of Spruce.
* 39.945450,-75.144700 [map]
* See also:'s I. M. Pei page

I.M. Pei Garden
Jill Sablosky, 2003
* A tribute to I. M. Pei
* bench, sundial, fountain
* inscription:
World-renowned Architect and Designer
of Society Hill Towers
In celebration of
the Towers 40th Anniversary, 2003
* North side of Society Hill Towers. Near the top of the stairs off Dock Street, South of Walnut and West of 2nd.
* 39.946000,-75.144850 [map]
* See also:'s Jill Sablosky page's I. M. Pei page

Ritz Screen
William Daley, 1978
* big abstract form
* East wall. Ritz 5. West side of Dock, South of Walnut between 2nd and 3rd.
* 39.946550,-75.145300 [map]
* See also:

Mather and Company Medallions
1917 (year of building expansion)
* kneeling people, boats, water, plants
* South side of Walnut, East of 3rd.
* 39.946975,-75.145850 [map]
* See also: entry for the building

* bird, tree
* Wall. Southeast corner, 3rd and Walnut.
* 39.946960,-75.146250 [map]
* Exhibits: Unidentified

Possible trip extension:Old City (across Walnut)
Possible trip extension:Washington Square (West on Walnut across 4th)

See Also

+Delancey (Three Bears) Park entry for the Hill Physick Keith House's Society Hill Towers page