Item No: pdch00233
Title: Aerial Views, proposed Logan Circle tunnel connecting expressway
Print and Picture Collection
Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins. Notes on the negative's envelope read: "Apr. 8, 1952, aerial views, proposed Logan Circle tunnel connecting expressway"
This April 8, 1952, image shows an aerial view of the Logan Square area of Philadelphia, at the time of a proposed tunnel, to connect the Schuylkill Expressway (via Vine Street, seen running vertically to the left of Logan Circle) with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The project spanned decades, resulting in its present route in the 1970s.
Besides Logan Circle and the diagonally-running Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there are several indentifiable landmark buildings in this image. Looking clockwise around Logan Circle, one can see the domed Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, the Academy of Natural Sciences (on the right), the Franklin Institute (bottom), the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (left), and the Philadelphia Family Court. In the center of Logan Circle is the Swann Memorial Fountain.
Higgins, Charles - Photographer