Philadelphia Public Art

Tour: Washington Square

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The Washington Square Tour runs roughly Northeast to Southwest around and through the square. It starts on the Northwest corner of 4th and Walnut, then goes

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
1924 (approximate)
* Includes a representation of Saint George
* coat of arms, lions, unicorn, helmet and crown, harp, seated person, lance, horse, dragon
* Best viewed from the North side of Walnut. The other emblems probably represent places where General Accident operated.
* inscription:
Honi soit qui mal y pense
Dieu et mon droit
* Entrance. South side of Walnut, West of 4th.
* 39.947320,-75.148480 [map]
* See also: entry for the building's entry for the coat of arms's St. George page

Robert Morris
Paul Wayland Bartlett, 1925
* Statue of Robert Morris
* standing person, hat, cane, papers
* inscription: Patriot, Statesman, Financier, 1734-1806
* North side of Walnut between 4th and 5th.
* 39.947700,-75.148600 [map]
* See also:
+Joey Blue's picture of this piece
+picture of this piece from
+picture of this piece in a different location from's Paul Wayland Bartlett page's Robert Morris page

Independence Building Reliefs
* Relief medallions of Athena and Hermes
* small sitting, kneeling, standing people, angel, helmets, Independence Hall tower, machines and tools, papers, scrolls, and books, ship, cornucopias, symbols and allegories
* Best viewed from the North side of Walnut
* Entrance, North and West walls. South side of Walnut, East of 5th.
* 39.947415,-75.149200 [map]
* See also: entry for the building entry for the building's Athena page's Hermes page

Commodore John Barry, USN
Samuel Murray, 1908 (from the base; the plaque says 1907)
* Statue of John Barry
* standing person wearing a hat, telescope, sword
* inscription:
Father of the Navy of the United States. Born in Wexford, Ireland, 1745. Died in Philadelphia, 1803.
Presented to the City of Philadelphia by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1907.
* South side of Independence Hall. Between Chestnut and Walnut, 5th and 6th.
* 39.948350,-75.150100 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also:
+picture of this piece from
+1912 picture of this piece from's Samuel Murray page's Commodore Barry page

Penn Mutual Building Doors
* small groups of people standing, sitting, machines and tools, furniture, baskets and jugs, books and scrolls, dogs, flowers, weapons, helmet, head in profile
* Entrance. Penn Mutual Building. South side of Walnut between 5th and 6th.
* 39.947525,-75.150250 [map]

William Penn
Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1914
* Relief portrait of William Penn
* Above the entrance. Penn Mutual Building. South side of Walnut, East of 6th.
* 39.947595,-75.150870 [map]
* See also: entry for the building entry for Edgar Viguers Seeler's William Penn page

Total Environment
Barbara Neijna, 1986
* big abstract arches, spires
* Plaza. East side of 6th, South of Walnut.
* 39.946125,-75.151000 [map]
* See also:'s Barbara Neijna page
+ a piece by Barbara Neijna in Jacksonville, FL

Washington Square Prisoners of War Memorial
* rock
* inscription:
In memory of the many American soldiers, who, during the War for Independence, died prisoners of war in the jails of Philadlelphia, and were buried in this ground during the years 1777 and 1778. Erected by Quaker City Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, October 1900
* East side of Washington Square. Southwest of 6th and Walnut.
* 39.947400,-75.151550 [map]
* Exhibits: War

Tom Foglietta
Zenos Frudakis, 2000
* Bas-relief bust of Thomas Foglietta
* small head and upper torso
* inscription:
City Councilman
Citizen of Philadelphia
Ambassador to Italy
Champion of Historic Preservation
* Northeast of the center of Washington Square. Southwest of 6th and Walnut.
* 39.947250,-75.152000 [map]
* See also:'s Thomas M. Foglietta page

Washington Square Fountain
* fountain
* Center of Washington Square. South of 7th and Walnut.
* 39.947050,-75.152310 [map]

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Jean Antoine Houdon, 1788 - 1791
* Statue of George Washington
* standing person, cane
* Copied from the original marble by Houdon in the state capitol at Richmond by special permission of the General Assembly of Virginia. An eternal flame in front of the tomb, and the flags of the 13 original colonies fly along the walk leading up to it.
* inscription:
Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness.
In unmarked graves within this square lie thousands of unknown soldiers of Washington's army who died of wounds and sickness during the revolutionary war.
The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and success.
- Washington's farewell address, Sept. 17, 1796.
In memory of John Mclheiny
Under this stone rests a soldier of Washington's Army who died to give you liberty
The eternal flame dedicated in 1976 by Continental Bank in memory of those who fought and gave their lives that we might celebrate our 200th anniversary as a free people.
* Tomb. West side of Washington Square. South of 7th and Walnut.
* 39.947100,-75.152750 [map]
* Exhibits: War
* See also: page for this piece's Jean Antoine Houdon page's George Washington page

N.W. Ayer Building
J. Wallace Kelly, Raphael Sabatini, 1929
* big and small standing people, seated people, partial people, groups of people, furniture, sun, swords, books, publishing equipment, implications of building interiors, zodiac signs, ram, crab, centaur
* There are two large figures on each of the four corners of the building that are best seen from a block away.
* Doors and upper walls. 210 West Washington Square (West side of 7th, South of Walnut).
* 39.947250,-75.153400 [map]
* See also:'s J. Wallace Kelly Page

Farm Journal Building
* cornucopia, food
* Entrance. West side of 7th, South of Locust.
* 39.946375,-75.153550 [map]
* See also:'s page for the building

Light Fixtures
Gerald Allen, Kent Bloomer, 1984
* abstract flower-like light fixtures
* Entrance. South side of Locust, West of 7th.
* 39.946785,-75.153700 [map]
* See also:

Charles Fahlen, 1982
* stacked abstract forms
* Northwest corner, 8th and Locust.
* 39.947075,-75.154575 [map]
* See also:'s Charles Fahlen page

Greek Revival Fence
John Haviland, 1822
* Faces of Dionysus
* small faces, abstract ironwork
* Gate and fence. St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. West side of 8th between Spruce and Locust.
* 39.946300,-75.154725 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+article from's John Haviland page's Dionysus page

Good Samaritan
* people standing, sitting, donkey, suggestion of a building, hospital seal
* inscription: Take care of him and I will repay thee.
* Wall. Pennsylvania Hospital. South side of Spruce between 8th and 9th.
* 39.945750,-75.155600 [map]
* Exhibits: Medical, Religious, Unidentified

743 Spruce Gates
Elizabeth Osborne Cooper, 1978
* abstract ironwork
* Gates. Pennsylvania Hospital. East side of 8th, North of Spruce and South side of Manning, East of 8th.
* 39.946150,-75.154500 [map]

Lion Head Trough
* drinking fountain, lion head
* South side of Washington Square. 7th South of Locust.
* 39.946250,-75.152500 [map]

600 S. Washington Square Gates
Samuel Yellin, 1925
* abstract ironwork
* Gate. South Wasthington Square, West of 6th.
* 39.946069,-75.151677 [map]
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.orgs's Samuel Yellin page
+Samuel Yellin Metal Workers

* statue of Mary
* small standing person, head covering, crucifix, rose
* Visible through a gate at the other end of an alley
* Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. North side of Spruce, West of 6th.
* 39.945650,-75.152025 [map]
* See also:'s Mary, mother of Jesus page

A Part / Apart
James Fuhrman, 2008
* abstract representation of an idea
* The inscription is on the bands between the panels, which had not yet been installed when the first picture was taken
* inscription:
A Part and Apart
One Person, One House, One Block
One City
So Many People
So Much To Learn
So Much To Unlearn
6,000 Million
Connected / Separate
* Wall. West side of 7th, South of Delancey.
* 39.944660,-75.153490 [map]
* See also:

Stone Bas Reliefs
* face, plants
* Wall. East side of 7th between Pine and Addison.
* 39.943900,-75.153450 [map]

William Penn
John Cheere, 1774 (approximate, presented 1804)
* Statue of William Penn
* standing person wearing a hat, scroll
* Visible at a distance through the fence. Artist listing is documented as an attribution.
* inscription: John Penn A.D. 1804
* On the grounds of Pennsylvania Hospital. North side of Pine between 8th and 9th.
* 39.944650,-75.155825 [map]
* See also:
+page about this piece's John Cheere page's William Penn page

Possible trip extension:Gayborhood (West on Pine to 11th)
Possible trip extension:Jefferson Center City Campus (West to 9th and one block North to Spruce)

See Also's Washington Square page
+Independence National Historical Park's Holy Trinity page's Independence Hall page
+Pennsylvania Hospital's Washington Square page