Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Making The City Beautiful
Parkway Museums District
In the late 19th century, factories provided most of the jobs in Philadelphia and the city was smoky and grimy. The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago began a “City Beautiful” movement that inspired civic leaders and urban planners across the country to redesign their cities.
Philadelphians had been calling for a more attractive route from Center City to Fairmount Park. The Chicago World’s Fair gave new impetus to the plans for carving a diagonal across William Penn’s original city grid.
But unlike earlier concepts that had been inspired by dense European boulevards, plan drawn after 1893 were inspired by the neo-classical architecture, cultural and civic buildings, fountains and statues of the Chicago World’s Fair.
Arts Patron Ellen Phillips Samuel
The fountain you see nearby is named for Ellen Philips Samuel, who left an unusually generous bequest to the Fairmount Park Art Association for a sculpture garden along the Schuylkill River. Three major exhibitions were mounted to select sculptors.
You can find 17 sculptures from The Immigrant to Spirit of Enterprise, (shown above) along Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park.
Erected by the Parkway Council Foundation.
Location. 39° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green Spaces, Fresh Air (within shouting distance of this marker); Edmund N. Bacon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Public Service (about 500 feet away); American Friends Service Committee (about 500 feet away); Three Disks, One Lacking (about 500 feet away); Green Building at Friends Center (about 600 feet away); Quakers at Friends Center (about 600 feet away); Broad Street Station (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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