Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Reservoir to Art Museum
But years of pollution from coal mines, dairy farms and towns upstream made the water undrinkable. The city closed the reservoir in 1909.
Meanwhile, art lovers had been seeking a new home for the “Pennsylvania Museum”, which had opened in Memorial Hall for the Centennial Exposition of 1876. By the early 1890s, the building had become outmoded and overcrowded. It was also too far from downtown.
The old reservoir caught their eye. In 1911, a team of architects – including several who had submitted proposals for the design of the Parkway – began plans for an art museum.
The Parkway opened in 1918; The Philadelphia Museum of art, in 1928. The new museum made a perfect endpoint for the grand boulevard.
First Museum Director, Fiske Kimball
Just 36 when hired, Fiske Kimball supervised the completion of the museum. Inspired by other museums, he acquired “period rooms” from around the world, including lavish interiors from England, France and the United States.
Kimball implemented programs and policies that made the museum accessible and enjoyable for the general public. He also convinced
Kimball led the Philadelphia Museum of Art until 1955.
Location. 39° 57.883′ N, 75° 10.75′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Art Museum Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther/The Lion Fighter (here, next to this marker); Parkway Museums District (a few steps from this marker); Julian Francis Abele (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); A Home For Art (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairmount Water Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paths & Pavilions (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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