Memorial Hall, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

While driving through West Philadelphia’s Farmount Park, I could not resist photographing this stately and elegant building, the first example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States.

It was designed by Fairmount Park Chief Engineer, Herman Schwarzman for the Centennial of 1876. President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the dedication ceremony. It is known for its distinctive dome with the poetic symbol of the United States, Columbia, adorning the top. The figures at the end of the main facade symbolize industry and commerce. In 1877, it served at the city’s first Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Source: Wikipedia, The Fairmount Park Organization)
Memorial Hall is now presently home to the Please Touch Museum.

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