Shakespeare Memorial, Logan Square - 1930

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Shakespeare Memorial, Logan Square - 1930

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01003
Title: Shakespeare Memorial, Logan Square - 1930
Creation Date: 4/24/1930
Historic Street Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Historic Street Address: Logan Square, northwest corner
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The Hathaway and West Philadelphia Shakespeare Clubs commemorate the 314th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, April 24, 1930.  

The Shakespeare Memorial monument was created in 1926 (installed in 1928), by Alexander Stirling Calder.  It depicts figures of comedy (a jester) and tragedy (Hamlet). The inscription is the familiar quote from "As You Like It":  "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players"  Originally located in front the Parkway Central Library (seen in the background), it was moved in 1953 to its present location in Shakespeare Park, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just northwest of Logan Square.

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.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.171214
Geocode Latitude:39.958759

Creator Name: Alexander Stirling Calder - Artist