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The trees along this parkway have been planted as a tribute of honor and gratitude to the men who served their country in the Great War
Higher public spirit
Better social order
1) Boathouse Row
This picturesque collection of historic buildings comprises an important center of the United States' rowing community. The boathouse shelters the sculls (boats) of local clubs, high school and college programs. The "Schuyk…
Modeled in clay 1880-1917; cast in bronze 1926-28
In 1880 Rodin was commissioned to create a set of bronze door for a new museum in Paris. Inspired by The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alghieri (Italian, c. 1265-1321), Rodin planned to decorat…
Most of the early 20th century plans for the Parkway included two major art museums, each with its own art school.
The architects dreamed of students learning to create works of art next door to grand museums devoted to showing great works of art…
Designed as a formal gateway to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there 40-foot pylons of Tennessee marble commemorate military men of the Civil war. The figures at the base of the north column portray soldiers, and the group of the south column hono…
The Rodin Museum was the gift of movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum to his native city of Philadelphia.
Mastbaum began collecting works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin with the intent of founding a museum to enrich the lives of his fellow citi…
1880-81, enlarged 1902-1904
August Rodin (1840-1917)
Rodin first imagined The Thinkeras a small central figure near the top of The Gates of Hell , a sculpture now installed at the Rodin Museum. The Gates of Hell is based on The Inferno, an epic …
From 1815 to 1909 the Fairmount Water Works served Philadelphia by supplying drinking water from the Schuykill River to Reservoirs once located behind you.
1815: Engine House (1) contained wood burning steam engines that powered water pumps.
This hill, called "Faire Mount", once held a reservoir that fed Schuykill River water down through hollow logs to Philadelphia's homes and hydrants.
But years of pollution from coal mines, dairy farms and towns upstream made the water u…
The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther
1839 (cast 1929)
August Kiss (1802-1865)
The Lion Fighter
1858 (cast 1892)
Albert Wolff (1814-1892)
In Greek mythology the Amazons were a nation of female warriors. The fearless Amazon to your immedia…