Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Alexander Milne Calder
Alexander Milne Calder emigrated from Scotland in 1868 and spent twenty years creating over 250 sculptures that adorn City Hall. His bronze William Penn, installed atop the tower in 1894, is thought to be the largest sculpture on top of a building at 37 feet tall and 27 tons. Calder’s son and grandson were also sculptors: Alexander Stirling Calder’s Swann Memorial Fountain is located in Logan Circle and Alexander ”Sandy” Calder’s monumental Ghost mobile hangs in the grand stair of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
BelowWilliam Penn are eight colossal bronzes of native Americans, Swedish settlers, and eagles. Allegorical sculptures on the building represent history, peoples of the world and nature, and collectively symbolize the spirit upon which the United States was founded.
Generations of Philadelphians have identified City Hall tower as the symbol of their city. The tower is visible for miles and remains the physical and civic heart of Philadelphia
Creation of this plaque as funded by the Pew Charitable Trust.
Location. 39° 57.153′ N, 75° 9.865′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on N 15th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Philadelphia Pedestrian Transit, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. German Tricentennial Anniversary (a few steps from this marker); The Welsh Society (a few steps from this marker); General George McClellan/Major General John Fulton Reynolds (a few steps from this marker); Mother Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); John Christian Bullitt (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthias William Baldwin (within shouting 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
More about this marker. One of the many markers placed on or about Philadelphia City Hall.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.