Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Temple Campus

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The Temple Campus tour begins at the Cecil B. Moore Subway Stop (Northbound orange-line from City Hall), then

Columbia Subway Plaza
Richard Fleischner, 1986
* abstract architectural elements
* first picture retouched to remove some of the black paint
* Plaza. Northeast Corner, Broad and Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.978900,-75.157000 [map]
* See also:'s Richard Fleischner page

Black Rock Mesa
Glenn Zweygardt, 1978
* geometric forms
* Liacouras Walk, just North of Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.979225,-75.156500 [map]
* See also:

Lincoln the Lawyer
Emil Seletz, 1968
* Bust of Abraham Lincoln
* head
* inscription:
Presented by
Emil Seletz, M.D. "32" Sculptor
Josepha Seletz, M.D. "76"
Jimmy Seletz, J.D.
Dedicated to
Marvin Wachman, President
* In front of the Temple University Law School. East side of Broad, South of Montgomery.
* 39.979890,-75.157350 [map]
* See also:
+Cyber Museum of Neurosurgery Emil Seletz Gallery's Abraham Lincoln page

Conwell Hall Gargoyles
1924 (building date)
* small seated people wearing hats
* Both sides of the door. East side of Broad, North of Montgomery.
* 39.980350,-75.157285 [map]
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's history page with Conwell Hall information

Carnell Hall
* small heads
* Both sides of the door. East side of Broad, North of Montgomery.
* 39.980425,-75.157075 [map]
* Exhibits: Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's Carnell Hall page

Temple Gates
1929 (installed 1960)
* lamp, Temple seal, building
* Gates. Pollett Walk (formerly Berks Mall), East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981650,-75.156900 [map]

Mitten Hall
* standing, sitting and horizontal, partial people, musical instruments, sun, moon and stars, telescope, flying horse, castle, symbols
* Pictures have been significantly color altered to show detail. Owls carved at the corners and reliefs on the South wall are not yet pictured.
* West wall. East side of Broad, South of Norris.
* 39.981900,-75.156900 [map]
* Exhibits: Athletic
* See also:
+Gerry Wilkinson's Mitten Hall page

Ephraim Peleg, 1981
* geometric forms
* Between approximately 1998 and 2012 the elements in this piece were rearranged. The first picture shows the configuration circa 1998. The second was taken in September, 2012.
* Outside Peabody Hall. Between Broad and Liacouras Walk. North of Norris.
* 39.983500,-75.156200 [map]
* Exhibits: Moved
* See also:

Johnnie Ring
Boris Blai, 1958 (installed 1964)
* Statue of and tribute to Johnnie Ring
* small standing person wearing a hat, Bible, sword
* inscription:
"Johnnie Ring was the youth whose example in life and heroism in death provided inspiration that led to the founding of Temple University. In the war between the states he was personal orderly to Captain Russell H. Conwell of the 46th Massachusetts Infantry. The moving forces of his life at that time were his religious faith and his devotion to Captain Conwell. When a surprise Confederate attack routed Union troops, it was Johnnie Ring who raced across a flaming bridge and through enemy gunfire to retrieve from his commander's tent the ceremonial sword presented to the Captain by the city of Springfield. He brought back the sword, but he died that night of his burns as Conwell knelt by his cot in prayer. The incident turned Conwell to the ministry as a life work and later to the founding of Temple University. He vowed to live a life for Johnnie Ring as well as for himself. Eight hours of work a day for Johnnie, eight hours of work for his own. Except for Johnnie Ring, Conwell would never have told America the story of the acres of diamonds, nor would he have built the University that enabled multitudes of young men and women to realize the promise of education." -Russell Conwell Cooney
A lad who didn't die
* West side of Watts Walk, North of Berks Mall.
* 39.982575,-75.156525 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, War
* See also:
+Temple University Libraries: Boris Blai Personal Papers

Red Owl
Beniamino Bufano
* owl
* Southeast corner of Berks Mall and Liacouras Walk.
* 39.981450,-75.155850 [map]
* See also:'s Beniamino Bufano page

Russell Conwell
Boris Blai, 1968
* Bust of Russell Conwell
* big head
* Conwell and his wife, Sarah S. Conwell, are buried behind the sculpture
* inscription: Russell H. Conwell, Founder of Temple University, 1843-1925
* Conwell's burial site. Founder's Garden. East side of Liacouras Walk, just South of Berks Mall.
* 39.981350,-75.155700 [map]
* See also: entry for this piece
+Temple University Libraries: Boris Blai Personal Papers's Russell Conwell page

Barton and Beury Hall Walls
John Botkin, 1984
* big abstract forms
* Walls. Both sides of 13th, North of Berks Mall.
* 39.981450,-75.155100 [map]
* See also:
+David Porter Associates Architects' page about this piece

Bell Tower
Nolen Swinburne and Associates, 1965
* big tower, bells
* Berks Mall between 12th and 13th.
* 39.981300,-75.154350 [map]
* See also:
+Bell Tower Webcam
+Nolen-Swinburne page from

William King, 1980
* two people standing
* North side of Berks Mall between 12th and 13th.
* 39.981500,-75.154200 [map]
* See also:'s William King page

Six in a Series of Tubular Forms
Paul Sisko, 1979
* tubular form
* In front of Gladfelter Hall. East side of 12th Street, just North of Berks Mall.
* 39.981465,-75.153000 [map]
* See also:

Dexter Jones, 1968
* small bear
* East side of 11th, just North of Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.978100,-75.152400 [map]

Joseph C. Bailey, 1973
* Symbol of Jesus
* big cross
* Outside Bright Hope Baptist Church. Southeast corner, 12th and Cecil B. Moore.
* 39.977875,-75.154060 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious

Possible trip extension:Avenue of the Arts (South to Ellsworth-Federal on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)
Possible trip extension:City Hall (South to City Hall on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)
Possible trip extension:Fairmount (South on SEPTA's Broad Street Line to Fairmount and then one block Southeast on Ridge)
Possible trip extension:South Broad (South to Oregon on SEPTA's Broad Street Line)

See Also

+Campus Map (PDF)
+Temple University