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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Penn

1886-1892

 

—Alexander Milne Calder (1846-1923) —

 
William Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
1. William Penn Marker
Inscription.  
More than 250 sculptures adorn City Hall – all designed by Alexander Milne Calder. Calder made clay models that his studio of artisans translated into bronze or stone. The crowning glory, Willian Penn, stands more than 36 feet tall and weighs over 53,000 pounds. When installed in 1804 atop the tower, this sculpture of Philadelphia’s founder was the largest and heaviest statue ever cast in bronze.
Facing northeast toward Penn Treaty Park, the figure holds a copy of the charter of Pennsylvania in his left hand. Calder’s son and grandson, Alexander Stirling Calder and Alexander “Sandy” Calder also created major sculptures for Philadelphia.

 
Location. 39° 57.169′ N, 75° 9.811′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on John F Kennedy Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Philadelphia City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker);
"William Penn" as seen from the street. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 1, 2014
2. "William Penn" as seen from the street.
William Penn’s Prayer for Philadelphia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Center Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Declaration of Independence Signators (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); Public Sector Collective Bargaining (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. The marker is one of many throughout and around Philadelphia City Hall.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
"Model for the Statue of William Penn" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
3. "Model for the Statue of William Penn" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Statue of William Penn on the Tower of the new City Hall, Philadelphia image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
4. Statue of William Penn on the Tower of the new City Hall, Philadelphia
from D. H. Montgomery The Beginner's American History, 1891.
 
More. Search the internet for William Penn.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on December 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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