Logan Square - Philadelphia, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 57.481 W 075° 10.235
18S E 485430 N 4423111
Quick Description: Logan Square, part of William Penn's original plan for the City of Philadelphia dates back to 1682. In the 1920s, when Benjamin Franklin Parkway was overlayed onto the City street grid, Logan Square became a traffic circle.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2008 5:54:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM5BA9
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 18

Long Description:

"46. Logan Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the 18th to 20th Sts., is one of the five parks included in William Penn's original plan of Philadelphia. In the center is a large fountain surrounded by three bronze figures representing the waterways of Philadelphia: the Delaware, the Schuylkill, and the Wissahickon. The fountain was designed by Alexander Sterling Calder, with Wilson, Eyre & McIllvaine as associate architects." --- Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State, 1940; page 278

Whether you follow the official plaque, which says "Logan Square," or the Wiki says "Logan Circle," the key feature of this plaza area is the Swann Fountain built in 1924. In present times, this fountain is the place where Philadelphia school children symbolically jump into the fountain to celebrate the beginning of Summer... a practice that has been discourage in recent years.

Key landmark buildings surround Logan Square: Free Library of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute and the Roman Catholic Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Book: Pennsylvania

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 278

Year Originally Published: 1940

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