Center City in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Green Spaces, Fresh Air
— Parkway Museums District —
In 1918, the Fairmount Park Commission hired Jacques Gréber to create a landscape plan for the newly opened Parkway. Gréber set out to bring a slice of the park into the heart of the city.
Where earlier plans had shown a street lined with buildings, he saw a boulevard lined with parks, fountains and statues. His plan included double rows of evenly spaced trees, the pattern you see today.
Many of the original red oaks have been replaced by red maples and sweet gum trees.
Today, Philadelphia continues to discuss the right balance between buildings and open space on the Parkway.
Erected by Fairmount Park Conservancy; Center City District, Philadelphia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 39° 57.695′ N, 75° 10.491′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Center City. Marker is at the intersection of North 22nd StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 N 22nd St, Philadelphia PA 19130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Thinker (within shouting distance of this marker); Architectural Fragment (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodin Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rodin Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); A Home for Art (within shouting distance of this marker); The Three Shades (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gates of Hell (about 300 feet away); Jewish National Fund Council of Philadelphia (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.