Alexander Milne Calder

Alexander Milne Calder (HM20ZS)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19107 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 57.153', W 75° 9.865'

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—1846-1923 —

Alexander Milne Calder emigrated from Scotland in 1868 and spent twenty years creating over 250 sculptures that adorn City Hall. His bronze William Penn, installed atop the tower in 1894, is thought to be the largest sculpture on top of a building at 37 feet tall and 27 tons. Calder's son and grandson were also sculptors: Alexander Stirling Calder's Swann Memorial Fountain is located in Logan Circle and Alexander "Sandy" Calder's monumental Ghost mobile hangs in the grand stair of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
BelowWilliam Penn are eight colossal bronzes of native Americans, Swedish settlers, and eagles. Allegorical sculptures on the building represent history, peoples of the world and nature, and collectively symbolize the spirit upon which the United States was founded.
Generations of Philadelphians have identified City Hall tower as the symbol of their city. The tower is visible for miles and remains the physical and civic heart of Philadelphia
Creation of this plaque as funded by the Pew Charitable Trust.
HM NumberHM20ZS
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Date Added Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 485955 N 4422503
Decimal Degrees39.95255000, -75.16441667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.153', W 75° 9.865'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 9.1799999999999" N, 75° 9' 51.9" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267, 484
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Philadelphia Pedestrian Transit, Philadelphia PA 19107, US
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