McAran's Pleasure Garden

Item Info

Item No: pdcp00676
Title: McAran's Pleasure Garden
Historic Street Address: 17th & Filbert Streets
Media Type: Etchings
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Located in Box: Allens Lane Art Center - Arcade Folder: Amusement Parks

Etching of McAran's Garden Theater after a Frank Taylor print (#254).

"John McAran was, about 1828, a gardener and florist occupying a suburban tract west of Seventeenth and south of Arch Streets. He developed this location as a public amusement park which was opened on June 13th, 1840 [...] Fireworks, music and dancing attracted the evening crowds. A feature was a fine collection of birds. he was induced to join with Ward & McIntosh, in the erection of a theatre upon the site. This venture failed and the ground was soon afterward devoted to the building of residences and two churches."

-From Frank Taylor's "Old Philadelphia, Artistic Reproductions from Drawings by Frank H. Taylor, . . . Depicting Old Structures and Scenes of Historic Interest."

Geolocation is approximate.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.169251
Geocode Latitude:39.954474