Swann Memorial Fountain

Item Info

Item No: pdcp00997
Title: Swann Memorial Fountain
Creation Date: 10/3/1989
Historic Street Address: 19th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Historic Street Address: Logan Circle
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The Swann Memorial Fountain, created in 1924, graces the center of Logan Circle.  It was designed by architect Wilson Eyre, to memorialize Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society.  Adapting the tradition of “river god” sculpture, sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder created three large Native American figures for the fountain, to symbolize the area's major rivers, the Delaware, the Schuylkill, and the Wissihickon. Seen in this 1989 photograph is the bronze sculpture of a mature woman --apparently being moved during rehabilitation of the fountain-- holding the neck of a swan, representing the Schuylkill River.

Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.

Creation Year: 1989
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.170954
Geocode Latitude:39.958003

Creator Name: Alexander Stirling Calder - Artist