Is that William Penn atop City Hall Tower? Please join us for a casual gallery talk on December 15th to celebrate the Parkway’s centennial, and learn about OACCE’s latest exhibition in partnership with The Athenaeum of Philadelphia: City Hall: The Design and Architecture of the People’s Building. Bring your questions and meet the curators.
As part of the centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in collaboration with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia presents an exhibition introducing a brief history and design of Philadelphia’s unique City Hall, the city’s largest work of art, and the iconic anchor to the diagonal thoroughfare from Center City to Fairmount Park – the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The exhibition will begin with William Penn’s vision for Philadelphia and Center Square, present John McArthur, Jr’s Second Empire designs, and include some re-designs by Paul Phillipe Cret during the late 1920s. Other elements include photographic reproductions, postcards, illustrations, and artifacts from multiple collections.
Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy